An early music concert: Folies d’Espagne – conducted by Jordi Savall, international early music ensemble Hespèrion XXI performs folias from Spain. La Folía (Spanish), also folies d’Espagne (French), Follies of Spain (English) or Follia (Italian), is one of the oldest remembered European musical themes, or primary material, generally melodic, of a composition, on record.
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Phoebe Jevtović Rosquist (soprano) and David Tayler (archlute) perform Flow My Tears (Lachrimae), a lute song (specifically, an “ayre”) by the Renaissance composer, lutenist, and singer John Dowland (1563 – buried 20 February 1626). HD video from the “Saturday Night at the Movies” concert presented by the Early Music ensemble Voices of Music, January, 2014, in San Francisco.
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Early music ensemble Musica Narrans performs Folia variations by the baroque period composers Arcangelo Corelli, Alessandro Scarlatti and Marin Marais.
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Anne Boleyn’s lament, “O death, rock me asleep,” performed by soprano Anna Dennis with the San Francisco-based Early Music ensemble Voices of Music. 4K ultra high definition video from the ensemble’s Great Poets concert, January, 2015.
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Norwegian concert guitarist and early music specialist Rolf Lislevand plays Tarantella by the Spanish guitarist and composer Santiago de Murcia (25 July 1673 – 25 April 1739). Lislevand is playing the Sabionari guitar here, one of the five surviving guitars made by Antonio Stradivari. It is built in 1679 and at the present time, it is the only playable Stradivari guitar in the world.
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Voices of Music, Il Giardino Armonico (The Harmonious Garden) and L’Arpeggiata versions of Tarquinio Merula’s Ciaccona, Op.12 No.20 (first published in 1637).
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Italian guitarist, theorbist and lutenist Simone Vallerotonda performs Santiago de Murcia’s Prelude por la E, a piece dated 1714. A beautiful performance on baroque guitar.
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Early Baroque music: “Tormenti e dolce oblio”. Performers: Marc Mauillon (baritone), Angélique Mauillon (harp) and Friederike Heumann (viola da gamba). Recorded at the Palazzo Da Mosto in Venice on September 13, 2014.
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Accompanied by the period-instrument ensemble Accordone, Italian tenor Marco Beasley performs 17th and 18th century Italian arias, primarily late-Renaissance works from various composers. They were popular songs of the time that often competed with opera in terms of popularity and success. From La Bella Noeva (English: The Good One), an album published in 2003. During the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, music circulated essentially in the form of manuscript copies, and popular songs often sided with opera arias. Marco Beasley and Accordone bring back to life the everyday practice of that period.
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Accompanied by the early music ensemble Private Musicke, Czech mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená sings 17th century Italian arias. Musicians: Pierre Pitzl (baroque guitar and conductor), Daniel Pilz (lute), Hugh Sandilands (baroque guitar), Norbert Zeilberger (harpsichord), Reinhild Waldek (baroque harp) and Richard Myron (viola da gamba).
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