Early Music Now
Sundays @ 4pm

Early Music Now is a one-hour program showcasing music from the Middle Ages, Renaissance and early Baroque: from sonorous medieval chant and polyphony to delightful renaissance madrigals, dances, and consort music to magnificent baroque cantatas and keyboard music. Host Sara Schneider brings knowledge, charm, and passion to her presentation of seven hundred years of music history. From the latest recordings by today’s vibrant young ensembles, to classics from the dawn of the early music revival, Early Music Now makes this repertoire accessible and enjoyable to a wide audience.


Fortune, Infortune, Fort UneThis week's program focuses on the musical life of Margaret of Austria, emperor's daughter and regent of the Netherlands, whose triumph over tragedy gave rise to her motto: "Fortune and misfortune make a woman strong." We'll hear music by de la Rue, Isaac, and Obrecht, performed by Capilla Flamenca.


Rejoice and Give Thanks:  Join host Sara Schneider for sounds of praise and gratitude on this week's edition of Early Music Now.  We'll hear a Te Deumsetting by Hieronymus Praetorius, a Magnificatby Tomas Luis de Victoria with the Gabrieli Consort and Players, and Bach's Cantata 29, "Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir," performed by Collegium Vocale Gent.


Welcome to All the Pleasures:  A dual celebration of the patron saint of music and Henry Purcell! We'll hear Purcell's Ode for St. Cecilia's Day (1683), plus chamber pieces and excerpts from his many works for the theater. Performances by The English Concert, countertenor Andreas Scholl, and London Baroque are included.


Music for Advent:  The season of Advent is traditionally a time of waiting and preparation for the Christmas holiday. This program showcases some of the glorious music that was composed for this time of hope, by composers like Dufay, Senfl, Bach and Charpentier. Our performers include Musica Fiata, the Choir of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge and Les Arts Florissants.


Vox Femina:  This week's show presents music by nuns, courtesans and a few professional musicians who just happened to be women! We'll hear works by Hildegard of Bingen, Francesca Caccini and Isabella Leonarda. Also included are selections from the Codex Las Huelgas, which contains polyphony believed to have been sung by nuns, despite strict rules forbidding the practice. We'll hear performances by Anonymous 4, Maria Cristina Kiehr and Concerto Soave.


Recent Releases:  If you're still doing last-minute Christmas shopping, how about some new CDs for the early music fans in your life? This week's show is a survey of exciting new releases from recent months, including Bruce Dickey (cornetto) and Liuwe Tamminga (organ) performing music by Palestrina. We'll also hear from Jordi Savall and Hesperion XXI and the Binchois Consort with tracks from their new CD The Lily & the Rose.