Dowland: In Darkness Let Me Dwell [Jaroussky, Garcia]

French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky and the Franco-Spanish classical guitarist Thibaut Garcia perform “In darkness let me dwell”, a beautiful song ascribed to the lutenist and composer John Dowland (1563-1626). Published in 1610, late in Dowland’s career, the song shows the influence of Italian music of the early baroque.

Lea Desandre & Thibault Cauvin perform Sì dolce è’l tormento [Monteverdi]

Accompanied by the French classical guitarist Thibault Cauvin, French-Italian mezzo-soprano Lea Desandre sings Claudio Monteverdi’s Sì dolce è’l tormento (English: So sweet is the torment) from Quarto scherzo delle ariose vaghezze, published in Venice in 1624.

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, …

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 …

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 …

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.