Early Music

The Baltimore Consort visits Distant Mirror with entertainment music from Elizabethan England. Some of the greatest music for mixed or broken consort will be heard, including selections by John Johnson, Richard Allison,  Thomas Ravenscroft and others.  The program concludes with several ricercari  by Marco Dall'Aquila performed  by lutenist  Christopher Wilson.  Join Allan Kelly Friday night at 10.

This week on Well-Tempered Baroque, Dr. Lewis Baratz introduces the music of Portugal during the 17th century.  Locked into a dual monarch with Spain, Portugal's music establishment was conservative owing in part to an absentee monarch so the focus was on sacred music.  Selections by native-born composers Pedro de Cristo, Manuel Cardoso,and Filipe de Magalhães.

Giullaume Dufay was the greatest composer of the 15th Century, the leading figure of the Burgundian school, and stood at the watershed of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Hear his most famous mass, the Missa Se la face ay pale in a performance from the early 70's by the Early Music Consort of  London under the direction of David Munrow on Distant Mirror. Join Allan Kelly at 10 pm Friday.

Roland de Lassus, perhaps more popularly known as Orlando di Lasso, was the chief representative of the mature polyphonic sound of the 16th century Franco-Flemish school.  He wrote over 150 chansons that were enormously popular throughout Europe, and on this week's Distant Mirror you can hear several of these performed by the Ensemble Clement Jannequin.  There's also music of Elizabethan composer Thomas Morley, represented here in his many roles as composer, publisher and arranger.  The Musicians of Swanne Alley perform led by Paul O'Dette and Lyle Nordstrom.  Join Allan Kelly Friday night

All  the horrors of the 14th century are captured by the greatest poet/composer of the time,  Guillaume  Machaut in his compilation The Judgment of the King of Navarre. Hear several ballades from this major work performed by the Ensemble Gilles Binchiois  directed by Dominique Vallaard.  Also on the program, soprano Emily van Evera performs a William  Byrd setting to a text by Sir Philip Sydney, "O Lord, how vain are all our frail delights", two motets by Palestrina as well as music for a medieval banquet with the Newberry Consort. Join Allan Kelly Friday night at 10.

It's the music of 15th century Flemish composer Alexander Agricola on this week's Distant Mirror.  Agricola's music is rarely performed today because of its difficulty and eccentricity, but Paul van Nevel has long been a champion of  lost causes and has arranged mass movements of Agricola's into a musical quilt which he calls the Missa Guzzzabuglio (which translates as "mishmash" mass).  Van Nevel directs the Huelgas Ensemble.

Music of the Hundred Years' War on this week's Distant Mirror, that on-again, off-again struggle between England and France in the 14th and 15th centuries that was set against a backdrop of plague, peasant revolts and papal politics.  Gothic Voices performs sacred and secular  music from both sides.   Pieces by John Dunstable, Phillipe de Vitry, Pierre des Molins and others.  Join Allan Kelly Friday night at 10.

In this episode, Dr. Lewis Baratz continues to explore the German Francophiles, the German-speaking composers of th 17th and early 18th centuries who dabbled and often mastered the musical style of the court of Versailles.  Music of Johann Joseph Fux, Johan Schenk, Philipp Heinrich Erlebach, and Christian Herwich. 

Jordi Savall and friends  visit Distant Mirror Friday with music of 17th century French composer Marin Marais.  Hear his Suite in E Minor which was written in homage to his musical inspiration, Saint-Colombe. Also on the program: several songs by Johannes Ockeghem with the Orlando Consort.  Join Allan Kelly Friday night at 10.

Join The Classical Network in Concert as our Noontime Concert presentations begin for the season.  On Tuesday, it's a performance titled "Love to My Liking: Refrains of Desire in Gothic France" by Alkemie from Gotham Early Music Scene.

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