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.


Music for Gottorf Castle:  Royal and imperial courts have produced great music for centuries, but some members of the minor nobility maintained high-quality musical establishments as well. This week's show takes us to Gottorf Castle in northern Germany, where the duke of Holstein-Gottorf resided. We'll hear music by composers such as Johann Theile, Augustin Pfleger and William Brade.


Guillaume, Worldly God of Harmony: This week the spotlight is on Guillaume de Machaut, the fourteenth-century poet-composer whose works inspired Chaucer and other poets. We'll hear his groundbreaking Messe de Nostre Dame plus secular virelai and ballades, with performances by Diabolus in Musica and the Orlando Consort.


Recent Releases:  This week we'll sample a recent release of Rameau's "Le Temple de la Gloire," with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale. We'll also hear selections from El Leon de Oro's "Amarae Morti," conducted by Peter Phillips.


A Mass in Forty Parts: You've heard Thomas Tallis' breathtaking motet for forty voices, Spem in Alium.  Now we'll hear from the man whose music inspired it! This week's show highlights Alessandro Striggio and his Missa Ecco Si Beato Giorno, performed by I Fagiolini.


Hail, Star of the Sea: This week's program features hymns and motets in honor of the Virgin Mary, including a setting of Ave Maria by Loyset Compere, Ockeghem's Intemerata Dei Mater, and Monteverdi's electrifying Sonata Sopra Sancta Mariafrom his Vespers of 1610. Our performers include Pomerium, the Orlando Consort, and the Taverner Consort.


Made for the Muses: Jacob Obrecht's generation was rich in musical talent, including Josquin and de la Rue, yet Obrecht was the most famous composer of masses of his time, acclaimed in Italy as well as his native Flanders. We'll hear Obrecht's Missa de Sancto Donatiano performed by Capella Pratensis, plus motets and secular songs.


Medieval Songs of Love and Adventure: This week we'll sit in on the adventures of Oswald von Wolkenstein, a well-travelled poet, composer, and diplomat. We'll also hear from Walther von der Vogelweide, and the anonymous clerics of the original Carmina Burana. Our performers include Ensemble Leones, Andreas Scholl and Per-Sonat.