Category Archives: Historic

José Miguel Moreno – The Spanish Guitar in the Renaissance and Baroque

Spanish specialist of historical plucked string instruments, such as the vihuela, lute, theorbo, and guitars; José Miguel Moreno plays pieces from the Renaissance and the Baroque era composers.
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Christina Pluhar and L’Arpeggiata – Via Crucis

Clips from Via Crucis, the 2010 album of L’Arpeggiata, European early music ensemble led by Christina Pluhar, the Austrian theorbist and conductor. Guest singers are Nuria Rial, Philippe Jaroussky, Marco Beasley, The King’s Singers and Barbara Furtuna Corsican male voice quartet. Published by Virgin Classics. The album received 5 stars from the Amazon.com customers, and the reviews are highly positive.
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Orphénica Lyra – Music in the Court of Carlos V

A beautiful concert titled “Music in the Court of Carlos V”, by the early music ensemble Orphénica Lyra (focused on the Spanish repertoire of the Renaissance and Baroque). Conductor: José Miguel Moreno, the Spanish specialist of historical plucked string instruments, such as the vihuela, lute, theorbo, and guitars. Concert recorded on September 20, 2000, in the church of Saint-Leu, Amiens (France), within the “XIII Festival des Cathédrales Picardie”.
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L’Arpeggiata and Barbara Furtuna – Maria

European early music ensemble led by the Austrian theorbist and conductor Christina Pluhar, L’Arpeggiata and Barbara Furtuna perform “Maria”, a creation of the Corsican male vocal ensemble Barbara Furtuna and is based on the melody of La Carpinese, a traditional shepherds’ song from Carpino. The text of the song hints at the sorrows of the mother who is consumed by the sufferings of her son.
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L’Arpeggiata plays Athanasius Kircher’s Tarantella Napoletana, Tono Hypodorico

Conducted by Christina Pluhar, the early music ensemble L’Arpeggiata plays Athanasius Kircher’s Tarantella Napoletana, Tono Hypodorico. A really good rendition of the historic piece, enjoy.
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Anthony Holborne – The Fairie Round (Voices of Music)

Early music ensemble “Voices of Music” plays English composer Anthony Holborne’s (c. 1545 – 29 November 1602) “The Fairie Round”. Performed on original instruments, from Holborne’s collection published in London in 1599. HD Video from the Voices of Music “Great Poets” concert, January, 2015.
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Jordi Savall – Lachrimae Caravaggio

A strikingly beautiful performance by Jordi Savall and his ensemble “Le Concert des Nations”, an orchestra with period instruments. Lachrimae Caravaggio – “Caravaggio’s tears”. Festival de Maguelone, 2012. It is a project by Jordi Savall involving musical and verbal illustration of seven paintings by the Renaissance Italian painter Michelangelo Caravaggio (Milan, 29 September 1571 – 18 July? 1610), related to the topic of death. Musical motifs interspersed with texts by the French novelist Dominique Fernandez, approximating the individual works of the painter. Caravaggio’s tears were written for the National Art Museum of Catalonia in Barcelona.
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The oldest known piece of polyphonic music discovered

The oldest known piece of polyphonic music, a piece of choral music written for more than one part, was recently found at the bottom of a 10th century manuscript in the British Library, London. It is believed to date back to the start of the 10th century and is the setting of a short chant dedicated to Boniface, patron Saint of Germany.
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