Early music

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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.

Praised as "remarkable" and "superb" by The New Yorker, the early-music ensemble Sonnambula—a viol consort based in NYC—visited the WRTI 90.1 Performance Studio and played highlights from upcoming concerts with Piffaro, The Renaissance Band and works from a new album of music by 17th-century composer Leonora Duarte. WRTI's Susan Lewis is host.


Hailed as “radiant” by The New York Times and “ethereal" by Newsweek Polska, the award-winning early music ensemble Peregrina, from Basel, Switzerland, will perform on WRTI in advance of upcoming concerts with Piffaro, the Renaissance Band.