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.


Monteverdi's Musica Sacra:  A recent release of music by Claudio Monteverdi is the feature of this week's show.  We will hear selections from Selva Morale et Spirituale and instrumental pieces by Biagio Marini and Dario Castello.  Performers include the Academy of Ancient Music and violinist Monica Huggett.


Boston Camerata:  This week we're highlighting recent releases from the Boston Camerata, including selections from Treasures of Devotion: European Spiritual Song ca. 1500, and Free America! Early Songs of Resistance and Rebellion. We'll also hear insights from artistic director Anne Azema.


Bellum et Pax:  The origins of the song, "L'homme arme" are unclear, but it was included in over 50 Mass settings and other works. We'll hear settings of the mass using this song as composed by Obrecht, de la Rue, and Josquin, featuring Capilla Flamenca, Oltremontano and Psallentes.


Psalms through the Centuries:  Texts of the Psalms have inspired countless musical settings. On today's show we'll hear examples by Johann Hermann Schein, Claudio Monteverdi, Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck and Mateo Romero, performed by I Fagiolini, the Gesualdo Consort of Amsterdam and organist Leo van Doeselaar.


Ferrara: Small but Mighty! This week's show presents music by composers who worked in Ferrara, including Don Carlo Gesualdo, Johannes Martini and Girolamo Frescobaldi.  Our performers include the Gesualdo Six and Le Miroir de Musique.


A Worcester Ladymass:  This week Trio Mediaeval treats us to a thirteenth-century Mass from the Abbey of St. Mary's, Worcester. This music survived destruction during the English Reformation.


Music for Awhile: On today's program we'll hear Henry Purcell's coronation anthem for King James II, My Heart is Inditing, and instrumental music from his semi-opera The Fairy Queen. Performers include Tafelmusik and the choir of Westminster Abbey.