Lettere Amorose (17th Century Italian Music) – Mezzo-Soprano: Magdalena Kožená

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).

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.

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.

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 …

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 …

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”. Pieces from Musical Europe in the time of the Italian painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610). Recorded during Festival de Maguelone, 2012. It is a project by Jordi Savall involving musical …