Category Archives: Renaissance

John Dowland – Flow My Tears (Lachrimae) – soprano: Phoebe Jevtović Rosquist, Lute: David Tayler

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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La Bella Noeva (17th and 18th Century Italian Music) – Tenor: Marco Beasley

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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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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Two versions of De Antequera sale el Moro (Morales/Fuenllana)

De Antequera sale el Moro is a beautiful Spanish renaissance song, composed by the Spanish composer Cristóbal de Morales (1500-1553) and arranged for vihuela by the Spanish vihuelist and composer Miguel de Fuenllana (1500–1579). Here are the two beautiful versions of the song.
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Philippe Jaroussky & L’Arpeggiata – Icônes du Seicento

French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky sings 17th century arias from the Italian composers: Icônes du Seicento (Icons of the Seicento). The word Seicento simply refers to the Italian history and culture during the 17th century. The seicento saw the end of the Renaissance movement in Italy, and the beginning of the Counter-Reformation and the Baroque era. The word seicento means “six hundred” (sei = six, cento = hundred). Italian art during the 17th century was predominantly Baroque in essence.
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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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