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Aaron Brown

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    AARON BROWN - EARLY MODERN

    Released in 2016

    The second CD by New York based, Australian-born baroque violinist Aaron Brown features a captivating program of sonatas, songs and dances from the early 17th century. With several new arrangements, an emphasis on improvisation and a dedication to the highest possible production values, this album offers a truly fresh take on this repertoire.

Asteria

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    FOR THE LOVE OF JAQUELINE - Asteria   

    Released in 2012

    For the love of Jaqueline tracks the highs and lows of a real medieval romance through the sumptuous music of Antoine Busnoys (1430-1492), newly transcribed and arranged by Asteria directly from the Dijon chansonnier and recorded at the 14th-century Burgundian palace of Germolles.

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    UN TRES DOULX REGARD - Asteria

    Released in 2009

    The chansons on Asteria's third album are all gathered from one extraordinary manuscript, the celebrated Oxford 213 manuscript currently housed at the Bodleian Library in England. Aside from being the largest collection of 15th century chansons by known composers like Dufay and Binchois, it contains a great number of anonymous works from the earliest period of the the 15th century. Asteria chose to focus on this exquisite body of little-known works for Un tres doulx regard, and many of these songs have never before been recorded.

Breve

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    CONVERSATIONS - BREVE

    Released in 2012

    Deborah Booth, recorder and flute, and Stephen Rapp, harpsichord and organ.  Conversations explores music of the 17th and 18th centuries from Italy, France, and Germany on original instruments -- recorders, flutes, harpsichord, organ, cello, viola da gamba, and basson.  Works by Dario Castello, Jacque-Martin Hotteterre, Georg Philipp Telemann, and Francesco Mancini.

Bud Roach

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    GIOVANNI FELICE SANCES - Bud Roach

    BUD ROACH
    Tenor and Baroque Guitar 

    Arie a voce sola, 1636      
    Released in 2014

    Musica Omnia presents the première recording of Giovanni Felice Sances' complete arias for solo voice from 1636, performed as they would have been commonly heard in the 17th century: with the singer accompanying himself on the Baroque guitar.  Trained in Rome at the Collegium Germanicum, Sances found success in Venice, where much of his secular music was written.  The height of his fame there was the publication of Vincenti of his fourth book of cantats, arias, canzonettas, and ariettas.  As was usual for such collections it includes a chart for "alfabeto" notation for the strummed Spanish guitar.

Drew Minter

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    A WIND BLOWS FROM THE EAST Four German Medieval Tales - Drew Minter                    

    Release date: December 13, 2011

    Regarded for nearly three decades as one of the world’s finest countertenors, Drew Minter has appeared in leading roles with the opera companies of Brussels, Toulouse, Boston, Washington, Santa Fe, Wolf Trap, Glimmerglass, and Nice, among others. On this recording, in a tour de force of vocal and instrumental virtuosity, Minter accompanies himself on medieval harps, singing as both countertenor and baritone. The great tradition of the meistersinger and minnesinger is captured by Minter with an elegance and wit that brings this ancient music to vivid life.

East of the River

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    LENVANTERA - East of the River  

    In the spirit of the album’s title “Levantera” (a strong easterly wind of the Mediterranean) East of the River explores Medieval music of Western Europe and travels eastward through the Balkans to Armenia and the Middle East, performing the earliest songs of those extraordinary cultures, together with their traditional dances – the origins of which go back centuries.

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    EAST OF THE RIVER - Nina Stern and Daphne Mor

    Released in 2007

    Nina Stern and Daphna Mor are internationally renowned recorder players, who have appeared playing as a duo with groups as varied as The New York Philharmonic and Pharaoh's Daughter. As artists who comfortably switch from concert halls to summer festivals and New York City clubs, they bring their rich experience and diversity to this CD.

Jennifer Lane

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    Divoti Affetti SPECIAL ORIGINAL EDITION

    PGM Recordings "Divoti Affetti:Early Music at the Court at Dresden" featuring the "Canto Divoti Affetti" by Giovanni Alberto Ristori.

    Tamara Matthews, soprano, and Jennifer Lane, mezzo soprano, with Timothy Burris, lute, and Eric Milnes directing New York Baroque.

    Our price is $35. Or you can purchase it on amazon.com for $170.18 (yes, you read that right... $170.18).

New York Consort of Viols

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    THE ROAD FROM VALENCIA - New York Consort of Viols

    Release date: 2011

    This popular program vibrantly captures the beauty of the viol and its elegant music from the Middle Ages in Spain to the reign of Henry VIII in England. The Road from Valencia follows the path of Sephardic musicians who, expelled from Spain in 1492, fled to Italy before being recruited for the English court. For generations these musicians handed down their artistry in viol craftsmanship, composition, and performances. Haunting music from Spain, Italy, England and the Diaspora, with readings by actor John Genke from Renaissance sources and contemporary writings, vividly illuminate the viol’s fascinating past and the story of the Sephardic Jews, which continue to inspire performers and composers today.

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    TRUMPET AFTER DARK - The Randy Sandke Quartet, featuring Bill Charlap with Parthenia, A Consort of Viols

    Release date: April 1, 2005
     
    Randy Sandke's use of a string section comprised of viols, as well as his always trenchant writing and commanding trumpet technique, breathes new life into the "jazz-with-strings" concept. Sandke's influences and interests encompass Beiderbecke, Armstrong, metatonal music and everything in between. This collection of ballads and other atmospheric pieces is certainly easy to listen to but is far from "easy listening."

Nina Stern

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    AMARYLLIS - Nina Stern & Glen Velez

    New Release!!

    Release date: September 2015
    This CD represents a musical landscape. The range is wide - from the Medieval to the Baroque, from instrumental to vocal, from music originally written for recorder to arrangements and adaptations.  Sirt im Sasani, Bloubli Hid, Aravod Luso, Diba u Yengidunia, and the theme of Amarilli mia bella are all originally written for voice. The recorder, according to Silvestro Ganassi - a member of the official wind band of the Venetian state and author of the important treatise La Fontegara (1535) - is an instrument that can come close to the sound of the human voice.   The instrumental works range from pieces written specifically for recorder to those written for an unspecified melody instrument to one work which was originally composed for flute.

    See a live performance of the first three pieces from the CD on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxmJAhyGSAM

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    ROSE OF THE COMPASS - Nina Stern 

    Release date: May 2011

    A musical voyage from Medieval Italy to Armenia, from the Balkans to the Middle East, this compilation of unique arrangements explores the rich traditions of both folk and classical music.  Called a recorder virtuoso by The New York Times, Nina Stern is joined by master percussionist Glen Velez, renowned multi-instrumentalist Shira Kammen and acclaimed oud player and composer Ara Dinkjian.  They perform alluring ancient melodies, vibrant estampies from the 14th century, treasures of the famed Armenian bard Sayat Nova, and traditional dances from Bulgaria and Serbia.

Parthenia

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    THE FLAMING FIRE - Mary Queen of Scots and Her World - Parthenia

    Parthenia with
    Ryland Angel, tenor and countertenor
    Dongsok Shin, virginal
    Release date: October 2014

    Hauntingly beautiful music of Scotland and England from the 1500s for viol consort and voice performed by Parthenia, Grammy-nominated tenor/countertenor Ryland Angel and early keyboard expert Dongsok Shin.  This rarely performed or recorded repertoire is music that Mary Queen of Scots and her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I, and their friends, enemies and subjects might have heard. Also featured on the CD is a new song-cycle, SONGS OF LOVE AND BETRAYAL, by composer Richard Einhorn - stunning arrangements of four songs by Scottish poet and lyricist, Robert Burns.

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    AS IT FELL ON A HOLIE EVE - Music for an Elizabethan Christmas - Parthenia  

    Parthenia with Julianne Baird, soprano
    Release date: August 31, 2010
     
    Following a long-treasured tradition of music for Christmas, the viols of Parthenia join famed soprano Julianne Baird to present a sparkling array of songs, dances and carols from Elizabethan England.  Along with music by Thomas Morley, Anthony Holborne, Thomas Ravenscroft, Dr. John Bull and Tobias Hume, this disc features a wide variety of music by the celebrated master composer of England's Golden Age, William Byrd.

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    TRUMPET AFTER DARK - The Randy Sandke Quartet, featuring Bill Charlap with Parthenia, A Consort of Viols

    Release date: April 1, 2005
     
    Randy Sandke's use of a string section comprised of viols, as well as his always trenchant writing and commanding trumpet technique, breathes new life into the "jazz-with-strings" concept. Sandke's influences and interests encompass Beiderbecke, Armstrong, metatonal music and everything in between. This collection of ballads and other atmospheric pieces is certainly easy to listen to but is far from "easy listening."

Pomerium

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    MUSIC FOR THE TUDOR QUEENS - Music by Tallis, Byrd, Sheppard, White, & Purcell - Pomerium

    Pomerium
    Alexander Blachly, Director
    Release date: February 2015

    Music written during the reigns of Queen Mary Tudor (1553-1558) and Elizabeth I (1558-1603) and two of Purcell's Fantazias, texted and adapted for choir from the original viol consort settings.

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    A VOICE IN THE WILDERNESS - Mannerist Motets of the Renaissance - Pomerium

    Pomerium
    Alexander Blachly, Director
    Release date: December 2012

    Pomerium’s latest CD has been heralded as the best recording Pomerium has ever made, and has already been submitted for a Grammy Nomination—a fitting way to commemorate the group’s 40th Anniversary season.

Quicksilver

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    FANTASTICUS: Extravagant and Virtuosic music from 17th-century Germany - Quicksilver

    Quicksilver
    Released October 2014                        

    The seventeenth century in Germany was a time of incredible upheaval: wars of religion and politics swept the land, bringing famine and plague in their wake and an ongoing state of crisis. The chamber music of the time reflects this fraught, unpredictable cultural climate. Inspired by the experimental works of Italian composers, the virtuosos working in Germany explored the sonata as an abstract form of wordless conversation in music, delighting and astonishing the listener. They described this style as the “stylus Fantasticus,” “instituted to display genius” in the words of mathematician Athanasius Kirchner. Music by Weckmann, Buxtehude, Kerll, Bertali, Schmeltzer, Vierdanck and Oswald.

    “each work was a discovery: inventive and wonderfully crafted music that offered the listener consistent rewards” -The Vancouver Sun

    “dazzling technical mastery and sound ensemble practice, but transcending these…to achieve a performance that was surpassingly communicative and soulful” -Boston Musical Intelligenser

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    STILE MODERNO - New Music from 17th-century Italy - Quicksilver

    Quicksilver
    Released June 2011                                     

    The seventeenth century was a transformative moment in our Western cultural history.   The world became modern: new technologies were emerging, our modern economic system was developing, the earth was no longer at the center of the universe. Among the cultural revolutions was one in music. Composers consciously began to create a nuove musiche or stile moderno of dramatic oppositions and vivid emotions. Their new invention was the sonata: a pure instrumental work, a piece simply meant to be “sounded,” with no agenda but the imagination of the composer . This “new music” is virtuosic, experimental, unexpected, and deeply moving: the closest we come to wordless rhetoric. Music by Castello, Fontana, Merula, Marini, Neri and Cima.

Repast

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    REPAST - Repast Baroque Ensemble

    Repast Baroque Ensemble                                 
    with Claire Jolivet, baroque violin
    Release date: December 21, 2010

    A tasting sampler of luscious baroque chamber music, Repast presents trios for violin, viola da gamba and harpsichord by Buxtehude, Leclair, Rameau and Morel, plus two pieces with an addition violin: Couperin's Apotheosis of Corelli and an unknown gem by Hacquart.

Trefoil

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    MASTERS, MONSTERS & MAZES - Treading the Medieval Labyrinth - Trefoil

    Trefoil
    Released in 2005

    At the heart of the labyrinth lies the Minotaur, and the decoding of medieval musical compositions often mimicked Theseus’ quest: indirect clues hiding a single positive solution.  Along their journey, Trefoil encounters other fabulous beasts – the Unicorn, the Lion, the Python, and the treacherous Basilisk – and a cavalcade of heroes from ages past: Julius Caesar; valiant Galahad; the colorful Gaston Febus, Count of Foix; and the beloved crusader King Richard Coeur de Lion.

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