Early music

September 28, 2020. The Philadelphia-based period instrument ensemble Night Music was formed to play classical works from the post-Baroque era. The ensemble's co-directors Steven Zohn and Heather Miller Lardin spoke with WRTI's Susan Lewis on Zoom about the fun of making their engaging debut album, Music for a Viennese Salon, and giving it context with an imaginative piece of historical fiction.

April 20, 2020. “If music be the food of love, play on.” The Baltimore Consort’s latest recording, The Food of Love, takes its cue from Duke Orsino’s opening line in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.  As the Bard’s birthday is traditionally marked on April 23rd, it's a perfect time to feature this album of music associated with his plays as our Classical Album of the Week.

Members of Piffaro, The Renaissance Band are joined by musicians from the Newberry Consort—an ensemble called "Chicago's gift to early music" by the Boston Globe—in the WRTI Performance Studio to preview music from their upcoming joint concert honoring Isabelle d'Este, a prominent influencer of the Italian Renaissance. WRTI's Susan Lewis is host.

January 13, 2020. At first glance, Whose Heavenly Touch throws no surprises. Here is a comprehensive, predictable set of songs by English composer John Dowland (1563-1626), complete with the most beloved titles — including "Flow, my tears," "Come Again!" and "Come away, sweet love." But wait! With a closer look and listen, some interesting curiosities emerge.

Paulo Lobo

Early-music ensemble Sonnambula visited WRTI to perform the music of Jewish converso Leonora Duarte. Praised as “remarkable” and “superb” by The New Yorker, Sonnambula's June, 2019 release of Leonora Duarte (1610–1678): The Complete Works, marks not only the ensemble's debut recording, but the first complete recording of Duarte’s surviving music.

September 30, 2019. Our guest author this week is Elizabeth Weinfield, a viol player, Juilliard musicologist, and the artistic director of Sonnambula, a historically informed Early Music ensemble based in NYC. Sonnambula’s latest release is Leonora Duarte: The Complete Works.

Michele Corbman Photography

July 8, 2019. The ensemble Kleine Kammermusik, which, translated means "a little chamber music," celebrates the fanfare and filigree of chamber music from Paris and Dresden in the late 17th and early 18th centuries in this album released in 2017.

The choral ensemble Craft Works Music visited WRTI 90.1 on Wednesday, May 22nd at 12:10 PM to sing highlights from upcoming concerts based on Walt Whitman's poetry, in honor of his 200th birthday. They also talked with WRTI's Susan Lewis about Whitman's legacy.

May 13, 2019. Himmelsmusik, German for “heavenly music," is the latest project of Austrian theorbo player Christina Pluhar and her early-music ensemble L’Arpeggiata, based in France.

Described as "a jewel among U.S. early music riches," (online dance journal, ThINKing Dance), Kleine Kammermusik performs on oboes and recorders, bassoon, cello, viola da gamba and harpsichorrd. The group visited WRTI and performed a preview of their concert at the Hill-Physick House. WRTI's Susan Lewis is host.