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.


Muffat and Contemporaries:  Composers from the generation between Buxtehude and Bach are often overlooked except for today's program.  We'll hear from Georg Muffat, Heinrich Biber, Philipp Heinrich Erlebach, and more, with performances by Les Amis de Philippe, the Purcell Quartet and Les Muffatti.


Memling's Angels in Concert:  In 1483 Hans Memling created a large altarpiece known as God the Father with Singing and Music-Making Angels. The restoration of this masterpiece was the impetus for a recording that features Wim Becu and Oltremontano Antwerpen and the Tiburtina Ensemble.  The music is performed on instruments recreated from the altarpiece.


Vox Femina III:  The centerpiece of this week's program features the poetry of seventeenth century Henriette de Coligny. Her poetry was praised by her peers and set to music by composers like Michel Lambert, Sebastien Le Camus and Bertrand de Bacilly.  Our performers include baritone Marc Mauillon, harpist Angelique Mauillon and gambist Myriam Rignol.


Sonic Treasures from Tyrol:  Historically, the Tyrol was rich in musical treasures.  We will hear examples from the Tyrolean State Museum that include medieval music from Tyrol performed by Ensemble Peregrina, works by Giovanni Legrenzi featuring Capella Claudiana, and a recording of a Renaissance organ in South Tyrol, played by Peter Waldner.


Even More Recent Releases: This week we will enjoy music from the British Isles. The Binchois Consort will perform an anonymous mass from the court of King James IV, now believed to be one of the oldest surviving Scottish masses. We will also hear works published in 1588 by William Byrd performed by Alamire, the viol consort Fretwork and soloists.


Music for St. Cecilia: This week's show celebrates the feast day of the patron saint of music, St. Cecilia.  We'll hear motets and an antiphon in her honor by Palestrina, Peter Philips, and Henri Dumont, plus selections from the Cecilian Vespers by Alessandro Scarlatti, performed by the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and soloists.


Alfonso X El Sabio:  This year marks the 800th anniversary of the birth of Alfonso X, King of Leon and Castile, nicknamed "the wise."  We will celebrate with performances of his Cantigas de Santa Maria.  Performers include Hana Blazikova, Barbora Kabatkova, Margit Ubellacker and Martin Novak.  We'll also hear two cantigas performed by Jordi Savall and Pedro Estevan.