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.


The Romance of the Rose:  Le Roman de la Rose is an allegorical tale, written in the thirteenth century. This week's show presents a companion CD of love songs that parallel this story, performed by Per-Sonat and soloist Sabine Lutzenberger.


Camilla da Rossi:  This week's show highlights the work of an enigmatic female composer from Italy whose music was performed at the Imperial court in Vienna. We'll hear selections from Camilla da Rossi's oratorio The Sacrifice of Abraham performed by Weser-Renaissance Bremen, directed by Manfred Cordes.


Les delices francaises:  On today's program we'll hear samples of violin sonatas by Jean-Marie Leclair, featuring violinist David Plantier.  We'll also hear keyboard music by Leclair's older contemporary Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre, with harpsichordist Francesca Lanfranco.


A Medieval Melange:  An eclectic mix of medieval music on today's show includes examples of the technique known as hocketing performed by Theatre of Voices, selections from the Puy Manuscript sung by Ensemble Gilles Binchois, and instrumental pieces featuring The Folger Consort from their recording A Medieval Tapestry.


Celebrating Jean Mouton:  French composer Jean Mouton is known for his smooth, flowing style and skillful contrapuntal technique.  Today we'll hear motets and Mass movements from a recent release by Cappella Pratensis, plus insights from artistic director Stratton Bull.


Trick or Treat:  Grab some candy and dim the lights, because there's some scary stuff coming your way this week!  We'll hear music about witches, devils, hobgoblins and a mad lover.  Our performers include the Palladian Ensemble, Emma Kirkby and the Newberry Consort.


Celebrating Heinrich Schutz:  This week we are celebrating the life of Heinrich Schutz with performances of his music by Vox Luminis and Cantus Colln.  We'll hear selections from his Psalms of David, plus the very moving Musicalische Exequien, which he composed for Count Heinrich Posthumous of Reuss.