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Gems from the earliest known European music through the Renaissance to the Baroque: the foundations on which so much subsequent music has been built.


14th January

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7th January

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31st December

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  • J. F. Agricola: Cantata, 'Uns ist ein Kind geboren'. Berit Solset, sop; Myriam Arbouz, alto; Nicholas Mulroy, ten; Matthias Vieweg, bass; Kolner Akademie / Michael Alexander Willens.
  • J. S. Bach: Chorale prelude, BWV 601, 'Herr Christ, der ein'ge Gottes-Sohn'. Lionel Rogg, org.
  • G. H. Stolzel: Cantata, 'Kundlich gross ist das gottselige Geheimnis'. Hanna Herfurtner, sop; Carola Gunther, alto; Kolner Akademie / Michael Alexander Willens.
  • J. P. Kellner: Cantata, 'Ehre sei Gott in der Hohe'. Anna Kellnhofer, sop; Christoph Dittmar, ctr-ten; Mirko Ludwig, ten; Rolf Grobe, bass; Mikhail Yarzhembovskiy, org; Capella Thuringia & Cantus Thurinigia / Bernhard Klapprott.

  • 24th December

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  • Palestrina: Missa Hodie Christus natus est. The Sixteen / Harry Christophers.

  • 17th December

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  • Buxtehude: Chorale prelude, 'Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland', BuxWV 211. Allan Ramussen, org.
  • Buxtehude: Cantata, 'Furchtet euch nicht', BuxWV30. The Theatre of Voices / Paul Hillier.
  • Buxtehude (attr.): Oratorio, 'Wacht! Euch dem Streit gefasset mich': Act III (excerpts). Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Chorus / Ton Koopman.
  • Buxtehude: Trio Sonata in F major, Op. 1, No. 1. Catherine Manson, vln; Paolo Pandolfo, gamba; Ton Koopman, org; Mike Fentross, lute.
  • Buxtehude: Sacred Concerto, 'Herr, ich lasse dich nicht', BuxWV 36. Tilman Lichdi, ten; Klaus Mertens, bass; Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra / Ton Koopman.
  • Buxtehude: Sacred Concerto, 'Jesu dulcis memoria', BuxWV 57. Theatre of Voices / Paul Hillier.

  • 10th December

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  • Josquin Desprez: 6vv Motet, 'Praeter rerum seriem' (prefaced with traditional devotional song). The King's Singers.
  • Lassus: 6vv Magnificat 'Praeter rerum seriem'. The King's Singers.
  • Josquin Desprez: 6vv Motet, 'Praeter rerum seriem'. The Tallis Scholars / Peter Philips.
  • Cipriano de Rore: 7vv Missa Praeter rerum seriem. The Huelgas Ensemble / Paul Van Nevel.
  • George de la Helle: 7vv Missa Praeter rereum seriem: Agnus Dei (excerpt). The Huelgas Ensemble / Paul Van Nevel.

  • 3rd December

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  • Charles-Francois Clement: Sonates en trio pour un clavecin et un violon (Paris, 1743): Sonata No. 1 in G minor. Ryo Terakado, vln; Michèle Dévérité, hpschd.
  • Jean-Baptiste Forqueray: Pièces de clavecin (1747): Suite No. 4 in G minor: La Clément. Christophe Rousset, hpschd.
  • Antoine Forqueray: Pièces de viole avec la basse continuë: Suite No. 3 in D major. Paolo Pandolfo, solo viol; Guido Morini, hpschd; Guido Balestracci, viol; Rolf Lislevand & Eduardo Egüez, theorbo & guitar.

  • 26th November

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  • Bassano: Diminutions of Palestrina’s motet, ‘Tota pulchra es’. Latitude 37.
  • Palestrina: Motet, ‘Dilecta meus’ (with diminutions by Bruce Dickey). Bruce Dickey, cornetto; Mienek van der Velden, gamba; Kris Verhelst, org.
  • Palestrina: 8vv Motet, ‘Confitbor tibi Domine’ (Motettorum liber secundus, 1572). Yale Schola Cantorum / David Hill.
  • Palestrina: 8vv Missa Confitebor tibi Domine (MS c. 1577; pub. 1585). Yale Schola Cantorum / David Hill.