Early Music Late



Simon Heighes presents a concert featuring Telemann's take on the story of Don Quixote and an early Italian cantata by Handel, performed by Arcangelo directed by Jonathan Cohen.

Telemann: Burlesque de Quichotte, orchestral suite in G, TWV 55:G10


Jonathan Cohen, director

Handel: Il delirio amoroso - Italian Cantata No.12, HWV 99

Louise Alder, soprano

Recorded in the Sint-Jakobskerk in Bruges as part of the 2016 MaFestival of early music.

Akademie Fur Alte Musik Berlin20160522

Elin Manahan Thomas presents a performance of Handel's Water Music performed by the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw earlier this year.

Handel: Water Music, HWV 348-350

Akademie für Alter Musik Berlin

Georg Kallweit (director/violin).

Andreas Staier20170101

Simon Heighes introduces highlights from a recital given by German harpsichordist Andreas Staier at the 2016 Spring Arts Festival in Monte-Carlo, including music by Couperin, Froberger, Muffat and Clerambault.

Anna Prohaska Sings Dido And Cleopatra20160515

Elin Manahan Thomas presents a concert given by soprano Anna Prohaska and Il Giardino Armonico inspired by the characters of Dido and Cleopatra in operatic settings. From the familiar Purcell Dido and Aeneas to less well known arias from Christoph Graupner's Dido Queen of Carthage and Antonio Sartorio's Giulio Cesare in Egitto.

Purcell: Overture to 'Dido and Aeneas'

Purcell: Ah Belinda from 'Dido and Aeneas'

Christoph Graupner: Holdestes Lispeln der spielenden Fluten from 'Dido Queen of Carthage'

Antonio Sartorio: Non voglio amar, from 'Giulio Cesare in Egitto'

Matthew Locke: The Tempest: excerpts

Daniele da Castrovillari: A Dio regi, a Sio scettri, from 'La Cleopatra'

Sartorio: Quando voglio, from 'Giulio Cesare in Egitto'

Purcell: Chaconne - Dance for the Chinese Man and Woman, from 'The Fairy Queen'

Graupner: Der Himmel ist von Donner..Indio Cupido from 'Dido, Queen of Carthage'

Graupner: Agitato da tempeste, from 'Dido, Queen of Carthage'

Dario Castello: Sonata decimaquinta a4, from 'Sonate concertante, Book II

Francesco Cavalli: Re de Getuli altero, from 'La Didone'

Johann Adolf Hasse: Morte col fiero aspetto, from 'Marc Antonio e Cleopatra'

Luigi Rossi: Passacaglia

Purcell: Oft she visits, from 'Dido and Aeneas'

Purcell:Thy hand, Belinda, from 'Dido and Aeneas'

Anna Prohaska (soprano)

Il Giardino Armonico

Giovanni Antonini (director).

Ascona Music Weeks Festival 201520160131

Music for recorder and ensemble by Vivaldi and Veracini, recorded at last year's Ascona Music Weeks festival.

Bach's Goldberg Variations20160918

played by pianist Christian Ihle Hadland recorded at a concert given in May in Haakon Hall, Bergen as part of this year's Bergen Festival

Presented by Simon Heighes

JS Bach (1685-1750)

Goldberg Variations, BWV 988

Christian Ihle Hadland, piano

One of the pinnacles of the piano repertoire, Johann Sebastian Bach's Goldberg Variations present technical and interpretative challenges of the highest order. The piece describes a perfect arch of thirty variations, beginning and ending with a beautifully simple aria.

Barokkanerne Play Telemann And Bach20160925

Early music ensemble Barokkanerne under Alfredo Bernadini play Telemann and Bach

Presented by Simon Heighes

Georg Philipp Telemann

Overture in B flat major, TWV 55:B10, for three oboes, bassoon and strings

Oboe Concerto in C minor, TWV 51:c1

Johann Sebastian Bach

Cantata: Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust, BWV 170

Marianne Beate Kielland (contralto)

Barokkanerne, Alfredo Bernardini (oboe, conductor)

Joyously inventive Telemann is paired with one of Bach's most moving solo cantatas in this concert recorded in May as part of Germany's Regensburg Early Music Days festival.

Camerata Bern20170129

Elin Manahan Thomas presents highlights from a concert given by Camerata Bern at the Cour de l'Hotel de Ville, Geneva. Inspired by the world of 17th and 18th century Parisian ballet, Amandine Beyer leads the group in music by Rameau, Campra and Rebel.

Jean-Philippe Rameau: Orchestral Suite from the ballet 'Zaïs'

Andre Campra: Orchestral Suite from the opera 'L'Europe galante'

Jean-Féry Rebel: Les Elemens - Simphonie Nouvelle

Camerata Bern

Amandine Beyer (violin/director).

Cantar Di Pietre Festival20160508

Elin Manahan Thomas presents a concert given by Ensemble Peregrina in St Ambrose's Church, Cademario, as part of last year's Cantar di Pietre Festival. The music comprises motets and tropes from the 12th to the 14th century across Europe, including names such as Fulbert of Chartres, Philippe de Vitry and Guillaume Dufay.

Cantus Colln At The Schwetzingen Festival20160717

Elin Manahan Thomas presents a concert performed by Cantus Cölln and their director Konrad Junghänel at this year's Schwetzingen Festival. They perform Bach's church cantata, Erschallet ihr Lieder, erklinget, ihr Saiten, along with his Lutheran Mass in A major, BWV.234.

Bach: Erschallet ihr Lieder, erklinget, ihr Saiten, BWV.172

Bach: Mass in A major, BWV.234

Cantus Cölln

Konrad Junghänel (director).

Carlos Mena And Daniel Zapico20160612

The countertenor Carlos Mena and theorbo player Daniel Zapico perform music by Cesti, Kapsberger and Purcell in a concert in Girona, presented by Simon Heighes

Alessandro Grandi: Confitebor tibi Domine, motet

Benedetto Ferrari: Queste pungenti spine, from 'Musiche varie a voce sola', cantata

Antonio Cesti: Era la notte, cantata

G.G. Kapsberger: Arpeggiata

G.G. Kapsberger: La Kapsberger

Giovanni Felice Sances: Stabat Mater, from 'Pianto della Madonna'

Purcell: Music for a while, from 'Oedipus'

Purcell: Oh, fair Cedaria

Purcell: Since from My Dear Astrea's Sight, from 'The Prophetess'

Purcell: Here Let My Life, from 'If Ever I More Riches did Desire'

Carlos Mena, countertenor

Daniel Zapico, theorbo.


with Simon Heighes, featuring sacred music by Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643-1704) performed by ensembles La Fenice and Vox Luminis recorded in June at the Stockholm Early Music Festival

Charpentier: Messe pour les trepasses a 8 (excs); Miserere des Jesuites a 6

Vox Luminis

La Fenice

Jean Tubéry (director).

Claire Lefilliatre And Vincent Dumestre20160424

A programme of songs and guitar pieces given by Claire Lefilliâtre (soprano) and Vincent Dumestre (baroque guitar and theorbo), introduced by Simon Heighes.

Concentus Musicus Wien20170226

Simon Heighes introduces music performed by Concentus Musicus Wien, in a concert performed last summer at the Stockholm Early Music Festival.

Concentus Musicus Wien is one of the most successful early music ensembles worldwide, founded in 1953 by the recently passed away Nikolaus Harnoncourt.

in this concert, the ensemble presents works by Baroque composers active in Austria.

Johann Heinrich Schmelzer (~1623-1680)

Lamento sopra la morte di Ferdinandi III a 4 (1657)

Die Fechtschule, ballet in G a 4

Romanus Weichlein (1652-1706)

Sonata I in C

Georg Muffat (1653-1704)

Sonata II in G minor

Johann Joseph Fux (1660-1741)

Serenade in C a 8.

Concerto Copenhagen20160501

Elin Manahan Thomas present highlights of a concert given by Concerto Copenhagen in Garrison Church, Copenhagen last year. The theme was dreams, nightmares and madness, and includes music by Fux, Telemann, Zelenka, and a contemporary setting of the Folia dance.

Fux: Concerto in D minor/major, Le dolcezze, e l'amerezze della notte

Telemann: Oboe concerto in C minor, TWV 51:c1

Zelenka: Hipocondrie a 7

Reinhard Keiser: Sinfonia from 'Der Lächerliche Printz Jodelet' (The laughable Prince Jodelet)

Karl Aage Rasmussen: Follia, follia (premiere)

Geminiani: Concerto grosso no.12 in D minor, after A Corelli's 'La Folia'

Concerto Copenhagen

Alfredo Bernardini (director/oboe).

Concerto Koln - Handel20161127

Elin Manahan Thomas introduces a concert given by Concerto Köln of Handel's 'The King Shall Rejoice' plus extracts from his fiery oratorio 'Hercules'

Handel: The King Shall Rejoice

Concerto Köln

Olof Boman (conductor)

Handel: 'Hercules' (excerpts)


Recitative- O Hercules why art thou absent from me Aria

The world when day's career is run

Act II - Sinfonia

Recitative - Welcome the rising day!

Aria - Begone my fears fly hence away

Chorus - Crown with festal pomp the day

Act III - Sinfonia

Aria - Cease, ruler of the day to rise

Chorus - Jealousy! Infernal pest!

Scene - Where shall I fly?

Ann Hallenberg (mezzo-soprano)

Annika Hudak (contralto)

Niklas Engquist (tenor)

Swedish Radio Chorus

Concerto Romano20160605

Simon Heighes presents music by Pinto, Vivaldi and Scarlatti performed by Concerto Romano and the soprano Francesca Aspromonte in the Palestrina Hall of the Pamphilj Palace in Rome:

Luis ?lvares Pinto: Lições de Solfejo XXII, XXIII, XXIV

Vivaldi: Laudate Pueri, RV 600

Vivaldi: Violin Concerto in A minor, RV 356

Alessandro Scarlatti: Cantata - O di Betlemme altera

Francesca Aspromonte (soprano)

Concerto Romano

Alessandro Quarta (director).

Cut Circle20170319

Elin Manahan Thomas introduces a concert of Renaissance polyphony given by the vocal group Cut Circle recorded at last year's Regensburg Early Music Festival in Germany, with music by Josquin, Dufay and Busnois.

Josquin Desprez (~1440-1521): Virgo prudentissima

Antoine Busnois (ca.1430-1492): Quant vous me ferez

Guillaume Dufay (~1397-1474)/Josquin: Hymnus-Ave maris stella

Dufay: Missa Ecce ancilla Domini

Johannes Ockeghem (~1410-~1497): Aultre Venus

Josquin Desprez: Christe fili dei, motet No. 7 from 'Vultum tuum deprecabuntur'

Antoine Busnois: Terrible dame

Cut Circle

Jesse Rodin (director).

Daniel Hope, Berlin Baroque Soloists - Vivaldi, Telemann, Bach20160221

Concertos and sonatas by Vivaldi, Telemann and Bach recorded last summer at Germany's Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival

Vivaldi: Concerto for two violins in A minor, RV.522

Telemann: Concerto for two violins in A minor, TWV.51:a1

Vivaldi: Trio Sonata in D minor, RV.63 'La Follia'

Bach: Concerto for two violins in D minor, BWV.1043

Vivaldi: Concerto in G minor, RV.315 'Summer' from 'The Four Seasons'

Bernhard Forck (violin)

Berlin Baroque Soloists

Daniel Hope (violin/director).

Early Birds20160619

Early music from concerts around Europe inspired by birds

Schmelzer: Sonata 'Cucù'

Quirine van Hoek, violin

Handel: Organ Concerto in F, HWV 295 ('The Cuckoo and the Nightingale')

Combattimento Consort Amsterdam.

Ensemble 170020151206

Ensemble 1700 and guests including recorder player Dorothee Oberlinger and soprano Dorothee Mields perform 'nature music' by Van Eyck, Telemann, Biber, Vivaldi and others, in a concert recorded at the 2015 Potsdam Sanssouci Music Festival. Presented by Simon Heighes.

Ensemble 170020161009

Elin Manahan Thomas introduces highlights from a concert of Baroque music at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival in Germany, given by Ensemble 1700 directed by Dorothee Oberlinger, who also features as a soloist on the recorder.

The music includes concertos for recorder and transverse flute.

J.F. Fasch (1688-1758) - Flute Concerto in F

Frantisek Jiránek (1698-1778) - Flute Concerto in G

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) - Flautino Concerto in G, RV 443

Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767) - Largo, from 'Flute Duet in B minor'

Georg Philipp Telemann - Concerto in E minor for recorder, flute, strings and continuo, TWV 52:e1

Michael Schmidt-Casdorff, transverse flute

Ensemble 1700

Dorothee Oberlinger, recorder/director.

Ensemble Clement Janequin20160313

Ensemble Clément Janequin (director Dominique Visse) perform chansons from 16th-century France by Compère, Sermisy, Janequin, Lassus and others in the Knights' Hall of Moravsky Krumlov Castle, as part of the 2015 Concentus Moraviae Festival in the Czech Republic.

Presented by Elin Manahan Thomas

Compère: Nous sommes de l'ordre de Saint Babouyn

Anon: Frapes petit coup, Jehan mon amy

Anon: Fricasée (Aupres de vous)

Sermisy: Hau, hau je boiys

Costeley: Elle craint l'esperon

Le Roy: Allemande 'Le pied de cheval'; Bransles de Champagne

Lassus: Un jeune moine est sorti du couvent

Ninot Le Petit: Mon amy m'avoit promis

Janequin: Blason du beau tétin

Sermisy: La, la, maistre Pierre

Janequin: Or vien ça mamye Parrette

Attaingnant: Basses danses

Lassus: Lucescit jam, o socii

Janequin: Ung jour Robin vint Margot empoigner

Mittantier: Laissons amour qui nous fait tant souffrir

Lejeune: Je bois à toy mon compagnon

Janequin: La chasse

Anon: Tourdion

Ensemble Clément Janequin

Dominique Visse (director).

Ensemble Plus Ultra20160403

perform sacred music by Victoria and Palestrina in Girona Cathedral, as part of the Classic Nights in Girona Festival. Introduced by Simon Heighes.

Freiburg Baroque Orchestra20151115

Simon Heighes presents highlights from a concert given by the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra at the Palau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona. Gottfried von de Goltz conducts the orchestra in music by Corelli and Bach, and Juan de la Rubia is soloist in organ works by Handel.

Handel: Organ Concerto in G minor, HWV.289

Corelli: Concerto Grosso in F major, Op.6'2

Bach: Orchestral Suite no.1 in C major, BWV.1066

Handel: Allegro from Organ Concerto No.13 in F major, HWV.295

Juan de la Rubia (organ)

Freiburg Baroque Orchestra

Gottfried von der Goltz (conductor).

Freiburg Baroque Orchestra20151122

Simon Heighes presents a concert given by the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra at the Concert Hall in Freiburg, featuring works by composers who were all born in the year 1714. Christine Schornsheim joins the orchestra for a harpsichord concerto by Gottfried August Homilius before Gaelle Arquez takes centre stage with arias by Gluck and Jommelli.

Homilius: Harpsichord Concerto in F major

Gluck: Ballet music and arias from Alceste

Jommelli: Arias from Fetonte and L'Olimpiade

Christine Schornsheim (harpsichord)

Gaelle Arquez (mezzo-soprano)

Freiburg Baroque Orchestra

Gottfried von der Goltz (conductor).

Friederike Heumann20151011

with Simon Heighes, featuring works for viola da gamba by father and son JS and CPE Bach performed by Friederike Heumann with harpsichordist Dirk Borner. Recorded at last year's Poznan Baroque Festival in Poland

JS Bach (1685-1750): Sonata in G, BWV 1027

CPE Bach (1714-1788): Sonata in D, Wq 137; Trio Sonata in G minor, Wq 88

Friederike Heumann (viola da gamba)

Dirk Borner (harpsichord).

Gemma Bertagnolli, Dorothee Oberlinger, Ensemble 170020160207

Cantatas and short works by Porpora, Geminiani and Handel performed by soprano Gemma Bertagnolli, recorder player Dorothee Oberlinger and Ensemble 1700 in a concert recorded at last year's RheinVokal Festival in Germany

Porpora: Cantata 'Gia la notte si avvicina'

Geminiani: Cello Sonata no.2 in D minor

Handel: Cantata 'Mi palpita il cor', HWV.132b

Gemma Bertagnolli (soprano)

Dorothee Oberlinger (recorder)

Ensemble 1700.

Gesualdo Madrigals20151101

Carlo Gesualdo, Prince of Venosa, is known for the striking harmonies of his music, as well as being notorious for the violence of his personal life. He wrote seven books of madrigals of which six survive, and it is the sixth book that forms the basis of this concert given at the Stockholm Early Music Festival in June 2015, performed by Collegium Vocale, Gent, with lutenist Thomas Dunford, directed by Philippe Herreweghe.

The themes are of life and death, darkness and light, brought to life with extreme harmonies and dynamic contrasts. Centuries later this collection of madrigals was dubbed "canapes of caviar" by Igor Stravinsky.

Presented by Elin Manahan Thomas.

Ghislieri Chorus And Consort20151227

Sacred works by Durante, d'Astorga and Handel given by the Ghislieri Chorus and Consort, recorded at this year's Göttingen International Handel Festival

Francesco Durante: Magnificat in B flat

Handel: O del ciel Maria Regina, HWV.230

Emanuele d'Astorga: Stabat Mater

Marta Redealli (soprano)

Ghislieri Chorus and Consort, Giulio Prandi (director).

Giuliano Carmignola At The 2016 Aschau Festival20161120

Simon Heighes presents a concert from the Aschau Festival featuring baroque violinist Giuliano Carmignola. He is joined by friends to perform a programme of Italian baroque music.

Nicola Antonio Porpora: Violin Sonata in G major Op12?2

Nicola Matteis: Excerpts from ?Ayres for the Violin?

Antonio Vivaldi: Violin Sonata in D major, RV 10

Domenico Scarlatti: Three Keyboard Sonatas

Emanuele Barbella: Sonata in B flat major "Arlecchino, Arlecchinessa, Rosetta, e Pulcinella con Ninna Nanna e Minuetto del Pazzo"

Giuliano Carmignola (baroque violin), Riccardo Doni (harpsichord),

Ivano Zanenghi (lute), Francesco Galligioni (cello).

Gli Incogniti20161030

Simon Heighes presents highlights of a concert from the Pyrenees Festival of Early Music. Taking as its theme the false consonances of melancholy, Gli Incogniti perform a programme of Purcell and Nicola Matteis.

Purcell: Sonata no.6 in C, Z795 from 'Twelve Sonatas of Three Parts'

Nicola Matteis: Suite in A minor, From 'Ayrs for the Violin'

Purcell: Sonata no.10 in A, Z799 from 'Twelve Sonatas of Three Parts'

Matteis: Suite in G, From 'Ayrs for the Violin'

Purcell: Works for harpsichord

Matteis: Suite in C, From 'Ayrs for the Violin'

Gli Incogniti

Amandine Beyer (director).

Gottingen Festival Orchestra20161002

Elin Manahan Thomas introduces highlights from the Göttingen International Handel Festival in a concert recorded last May.

The Göttingen Festival Orchestra performs Baroque music directed from the harpsichord by Laurence Cummings, well-known in the UK as Musical Director of the London Handel Festival.

C.P.E. Bach (1714-1788) - Symphony No. 3 in F, Wq. 183/3

Johann Joachim Quantz (1697-1773) - Concerto for Two Flutes in G, QV 6:7

J.S. Bach (1685-1750) - Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D, BWV 1050

G.F. Handel (1685-1759) - Aria No. 13, from 'Imeneo'

Kate Clarke, flute

Brian Berryman, flute

William Berger, tenor

Göttingen Festival Orchestra

Laurence Cummings, harpsichord and director.

Hesperion Xxi20160529

directed by Jordi Savall performs music recounting the life of the 13th century writer, philosopher, logician and Franciscan tertiary Ramon Llull who is credited with writing the first major work of Catalan literature.

Anonymous: Fanfare

Raimon de Miraval (1191-1229): Ductia

Anonymous: Veri dulcis in tempore (codex from 1010)

Lluís Vilamajó, tenor

Alphonse The Wise: Cantiga de Santa Maria, 100: Santa Maria, strela do dia

La Capella Reial de Catalunya

Anonymous: Ya Mariam el bekr, Arabic hymn to the Virgin

Waed Bouhassoun, vocals, ud

Anonymous: Mater Dei plena gratia / Mater, virgo pia / Eius

Anonymous: Lauda di Cortona: Ave, donna santissima

María Cristina Kiehr, soprano

Anonymous: Complaint of Jerusalem against Rome: Jerusalem se plaint et li païs

Anonymous: Mowachah Billadi Askara Mon abdi Llama

Anonymous: Conductus: Roma gaudins jubila

Teobaldo I de Navarra (1201-1253): Deus est ainsi comme li pelicans

Anonymous: Quant ai lo mont consirat, spiritual chant

Anonymous: Wind Dance

Moslem Rahal, ney (Syria)

Anonymous: Piangeti christiani

Philippe de Vitry (1291-1361): Motet: Tribum / Quoniam secta / Merito hec patimur

Anonymous: Taksim (duduk) and Ghazali

Waed Bouhassoun, ud

Moslem Rahal, ney

Hakan Güngör, kanun

Yurdal Tokcan, ud

Haïg Sarikouyoumdjia, duduk, ney

Dimitri Psonis, santur, moresca

Guillaume Dufay (1397-1474): Veni Sancte Spiritus

Pascal Bertin, countertenor

David Sagastume, countertenor

Anonymous: Propiñan de Melyor - Der Makam 'Uzzäl usules Darb-i feth'

Guillaume Dufay (1397-1474): Gloria Patri et Filio (Magnificat)

Anonymous: Dindirindin

Hesperion XXI

Jordi Savall (director).

Hesperion Xxi Directed Jordi Savall20170122

Elin Manahan Thomas presents highlights of a concert given by La Capella Reial de Catalunya and Hesperion XXI under Jordi Savall featuring profane and sacred songs from two of the most important Iberian music collections; the Llibre Vermell de Montserrat and the Cantigas de Santa Maria.

Alfonso the Wise: Alba; Rotundellus (CSM 105)

Alfonso the Wise: Santa Maria, strela do dia (CSM 100)

Alfonso the Wise: Ductia (CSM 123)

Anon: Los set gotxs (Llibre Vermell de Montserrat)

Marcabru (1127-~1150): Lament - Pax in nomine Domini

Anon: Mariam matrem Virginem (Llibre Vermell de Montserrat)

Anon: Istampitta: Saltarello (Italian Trecento)

Anon: Imperayritz de la ciutat joyosa (Llibre Vermell de Montserrat)

Trad Catalan: El Mestre (The master)

Trad Catalan: La Mare de Déu (The Mother of Jesus)

Trad Catalan: La Mariagneta

Bartomeu Càrceres (fl.-mid 16th): Tau garçó la durundena

La Capella Reial de Catalunya

Hesperion XXI

Jordi Savall (director).

Hortus Musicus20160214

Sequences of vocal and instrumental music from Italy and England by composers including Monteverdi and Purcell performed by Estonian ensemble Hortus Musicus, recorded at last year's RheinVokal Festival in Germany

Gabrielli: Canzona quarta

Monteverdi: Salve Regina; Si dolce e'l tormento; Chiome d'oro; Seventh Book of Madrigals (excerpts)

Frescobaldi: Toccata nono

Holborne: Pavaan; Heigh ho holiday; The Honeysuckle

Purcell: I spy Celia; Sound the trumpet; Music for a while

Hortus Musicus

Andres Mustonen (director).

Huelgas Ensemble20170205

Elin Manahan Thomas presents a sequence of music for Advent from a concert given last year by the Huelgas Ensemble at St Paul's Church, Antwerp. They perform music from the manuscript J.11.9, the only source of medieval Cypriot music in existence.

Ordo sanctorum militum, à 1

Sanctus in eternis

O Sapientia (triplum) / Nos demoramur (duplum)

O Adonay (triplum) / Pictor eterne (duplum)

O Radix Yesse (triplum) / Cunti fundent (duplum)

O clavis David (triplum) / Quis igitur (duplum)

O lucis eterne (triplum) / Veni splendor (duplum)

O rex virtutum (triplum) / Quis possit (duplum)

O Emanuel (triplum) / Magne virtutum (duplum)

O sacra virgo (triplum) / Tu nati nata (duplum)

Hodie puer (triplum) / Homo mortalis (duplum)

The Huelgas Ensemble

Paul Van Nevel (director).

I Barocchisti20160626

Simon Heighes presents a concert of Vivaldi by I Barocchisti conducted by Diego Fasolis

Vivaldi: Overture to 'Il Farnace, RV 711'

Vivaldi: Concerto for Oboe and Bassoon in G, RV 545

Paolo Grazzi, oboe

Michele Fattori, bassoon

Vivaldi: Flute Concerto in G minor, RV 439, Op.10 No.2 ('La notte')

Maurice Steger, recorder

Vivaldi: Concerto in G minor, RV 152

Vivaldi: Gloria, RV 589

RSI Chorus

I Barocchisti

Diego Fasolis, conductor.

Il Gardellino - Colours Of The Winds20151108

"Colours of the Winds" is the title given to this concert of baroque music for wind instruments and orchestra given by the ensemble Il Gardellino at this year's Stockholm Early Music Festival.

Elin Manahan Thomas presents a programme which includes :

Handel: Concerto in G minor for strings and continuo, HWV 287

Marcello: Concerto in D minor for oboe, strings and continuo. Soloist Marcel Ponseele (oboe)

CPE Bach: Flute Concerto in D minor, Wq 22. Soloist Jan De Winne (flute)

Vivaldi: Sinfonia in B minor for strings and continuo, RV 169 ("Al Santo Sepolcro")

Fasch: Concerto in B minor for oboe, flute, strings and continuo, FaWV L:h1.

Il Giardino Armonico20160103

Works by Biber, Locke, Vivaldi and Bach performed by Il Giardino Armonico directed by Giovanni Antonini, recorded at this year's Potsdam Sanssouci Music Festival

Biber: Battaglia

Locke: Suite - The Tempest

Vivaldi: Concerto in C, RV.443

Bach: Brandenburg Concerto n.4 in G, BWV.1049

Il Giardino Armonico

Giovanni Antonini (director).

Il Pomo D'oro20160410

Concertos by Vivaldi played by Il Pomo d'Oro directed by Zefira Valova with recorder player Maurice Steger, recorded at last summer's Menuhin Festival in Gstaad. Introduced by Simon Heighes.

Jean-guihen Queyras At The Schwetzingen Festival20160710

Jean-Guihen Queyras performs a concert of Bach Cello Suites, interspersed with contemporary music 'echoes' at the Schwetzingen Festival.

Presented by Elin Manahan Thomas

Jonathan Harvey: Pre-echo for Jean-Guihen

Bach: Cello Suite No.2 in D minor, BWV.1008

Ichiro Nodaira: Enigme

Bach: Cello Suite No.6 in D, BWV.1012

Jean-Guihen Queyras (cello).

Jordi Savall20151129

Presented by Simon Heighes. Catalan viola da gamba virtuoso Jordi Savall plays works by Marais, Sainte-Colombe and Bach, in a concert recorded at the Fundacion Juan March in Madrid.

Jordi Savall At The 2016 Poblet Early Music Festival20161113

Simon Heighes presents highlights from the Poblet Early Music Festival. The theme of the concert is 'Man and Nature', with sequences of music of Celtic dialogues between the Ancient and the New World. Jordi Savall goes back to original manuscripts to reveal the hidden beauties of Irish and Scottish music from the 17th to 19th centuries.

The Caledonia Set

The Lancashire Pipes Set

Flowers of Edinburg Set

The Donegal Set

Jordi Savall (viols - treble and lyra)

Andrew Lawrence-King (Irish harp and psaltery)

Frank MacGuire (bodhran).

Jos Van Immerseel20160306

performs organ works by Valente, Gibbons, Purcell, Mozart, Bach and others at the Church of the Elevation of the Holy Cross, Doubravnik in the Czech Republic, as part of the 2015 Concentus Moraviae Festival. Introduced by Elin Manahan Thomas.

Valente: Gagliarda napoletana

Bull: In nomine IX

Bruna: Letania de la Virgen

Gibbons: Fantazia of four parts

Kerckhoven: Prelude and Fugue in D minor

Purcell: Voluntary in D minor, Z719

Mozart: Andante in F, K618

JS Bach: Pastorale in F, BWV790

Jos van Immerseel (organ).

La Compagnia Del Madrigale20170115

Simon Heighes introduces a concert from the International Sacred Music Festival, Fribourg. The Italian vocal group La Compagnia del Madrigale perform 16th and 17th century music, including sacred madrigals by Monteverdi and some of the tenebrae responsories by Gesualdo.

La Risonanza With Yetzabel Arias Fernandez20160117

La Risonanza (director Fabio Bonizzoni) and soprano Yetzabel Arias Fernandez perform chamber music by Handel and Vivaldi and arias by Duron and Torres at the 54th Cuenca Sacred Music Week in Spain.

Presented by Elin Manahan Thomas.

Handel: Trio Sonata in G minor, HWV 399 (Op 5 No 4)

La Risonanza

Fabio Bonizzoni (director)

Sebastián Durón: Atiendan, escuchen

Yetzabel Arias Fernandez (soprano)

Vivaldi: Trio Sonata in D minor, RV64 (Op 1 No 8)

Fabio Bonizzoni (organ/director)

José de Torres: Ego vir videns

Fabio Bonizzoni (organ)

Sebastián Durón: Ay, que me abraso de amor en la llama

Sebastián Durón: Corazón que suspiras atento

L'arpeggiata In Utrecht20170108

Simon Heighes introduces highlights from a concert given by the Baroque ensemble L'Arpeggiata directed by Christina Pluhar in the Utrecht Early Music Festival last summer.

The music is mostly by the the prolific Italian opera composer Francesco Cavalli, who flourished in Venice during the 17th century.

Le Poeme Harmonique20161016

Elin Manahan Thomas transports us to Versailles in the seventeenth century, with a concert given earlier this year in Brussels by Le Poème Harmonique conducted by Vincent Dumestre.

Music includes

Jean-Baptiste Lully - Choeur des Quatre Parties du Monde, from 'Ballet de Flore'

Jean-Baptiste Lully - extracts from 'Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme', 'Ballet de l'Impatience' and 'Ballet des Muses'

Charles Tessier - Chansons Suisses, from 'Airs de cour'; Airs Turquestes

Etienne Moulinié - Air du Juif Errant, from 'Airs de Cour'

Joseph-Marie Amiot - See hoang sien Tsou Yo Ling yu Tien, from 'Hymne en l'honneur des ancêtres'.

L'ensemble Inegal20161023

Elin Manahan Thomas introduces a concert recorded earlier this year in Belgium, given by the Czech consort L'Ensemble Inégal, directed by Adam Viktora, and featuring soprano soloist and co-founder of the ensemble, Gabriela Eibenova

The music transports us to eighteenth-century Germany, with a focus on Dresden, as a pearl of baroque eastern Germany at its pinnacle. The programme features the foremost composers of the Dresden Court.

Music includes

Johann David Heinichen - Concerto in G, S238, for recorder, oboe and strings

Johann Adolf Hasse - Salve Regina in G, for soprano, strings and basso continuo

Antonio Vivaldi - Concerto in D minor, RV 242, for violin, strings and basso continuo ('For Pisandel')

Jan Dismas Zelenka - Alma redemptoris mater in A, ZWV 123

Antonio Vivaldi - In turbato mare irato, RV 627.

Les Ambassadeurs20161211

Elin Manahan Thomas introduces a concert of theatrical music from 18th-century France by Rameau, Leclair, Marais and de Mondonville performed by Les Ambassadeurs

Rameau: Zoroastre Overture

Marin Marais: Aria of the High Priestess of Bacchus, from 'Sémélé '

Rameau: Tambourin, from 'Castor et Pollux'

Rameau: Trajan's aria, from 'Le Temple de la Gloire'

Rameau: Entrée des quatre nations, from 'Les Indes Galantes'

Leclair: 1er et 2ème Airs en rondeau, from 'Scylla et Glaucus'

Rameau: Bataille, from 'Dardanus'

Leclair: Circe's invocation, from 'Scylla et Glaucus'

Rameau: Ballet figuré, from 'Zoroastre'

Rameau: Finale, from 'Les Indes Galantes'

J.-J. de C. de Mondonville: Overture to 'Titon et l'Aurore'

Rameau: Neides' aria, from 'Le Temple de la Gloire'

Campra: Récit de Zaide, from 'L'Europe Galante'

Rameau: De rochers entassés, from 'La Princesse de Navarre'

Rameau: Air for Trumpet, from 'La Princesse de Navarre'

Rameau: Duo d'un Français et un Espagnol, from 'La Princesse de Navarre'

Rameau: Chaconne, from 'Les Indes Galantes'

Rameau: Pénétrez les humains, from 'Le Temple de la Gloire'

Katherine Watson (soprano)

Anders Dahlin (tenor)

Aimery Lefèvere (baritone)

Les Ambassadeurs

Alexis Kossenko (director).

Les Muffatti20150920

with Simon Heighes, featuring works by Vivaldi, Jiranek and Zelenka in a concert given by early music ensemble Les Muffatti during last year's Liege Festival in Belgium

Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto grosso in F, op. 8/3 ('Autumn' from 'The Four Seasons')

Frantisek Jiranek; Oboe Concerto in B flat; Flute Concerto in G

Jan Dismas Zelenka: Simphonie in A

Benoit Laurent (oboe)

Stefanie Troffaes (flute)

Les Muffatti

Peter van Heyghen (director).

Les Talens Lyriques20160417

French baroque music by Couperin, Marais, Rebel and Jacquet de la Guerre, played by Les Talens Lyriques directed by Christophe Rousset. Introduced by Simon Heighes.

L'orfeo Baroque Orchestra20160110

Telemann's late dramatic cantata Ino performed by Nuria Rial and L'Orfeo Baroque Orchestra, recorded at last year's Bad Arolsen Baroque Festival. Written at the age of 84, the culmination of this prolific composer's lifetime of experience, it is preceded by his vibrant Overture 'Les Nations anciennes et modernes'

Telemann: Overture (Suite) - Les Nations, TWV.55:B5

Telemann: Cantata: Ino, TWV.20:41

Nuria Rial (soprano)

L'Orfeo Baroque Orchestra.

Mahan Esfahani20161204

Elin Manahan Thomas presents a concert of music by the Bach Family and Frantisek Xaver Dusek performed by the virtuoso harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani

JS Bach: Prelude and Fugue in D, BWV 874

CPE Bach: Keyboard Sonata in G minor, Wq. 65/17

JC Bach: Keyboard Sonata in C minor, op. 5/6

Frantisek Xaver Dusek: Keyboard Sonata in B flat

Frantisek Xaver Dusek: Andante, from 'Keyboard Sonata in G minor'

Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord).

Marian Consort20160228

Elin Manahan Thomas introduces sacred music by William Byrd (including movements from his Mass for 4 voices), plus works by Strogers, Gerarde, Mundy and Peerson, performed by the Marian Consort in the Pfarrkirche St Severus in Boppard, as part of the 2015 RheinVokal Festival.

Byrd: Miserere mei Deus

Byrd: Gaudeamus omnis in Domino

Byrd: Kyrie (Mass for 4 voices)

Strogers: Non me vincat, Deus meus

Byrd: Gloria (Mass for 4 voices)

Byrd: Timete Dominum

Mundy: Adhaesit pavimento

Byrd: Justorum animae

Byrd: Sanctus and Benedictus (Mass for 4 voices)

Peerson: Laboravi in gemitu meo

Byrd: Agnus Dei (Mass for 4 voices)

Byrd: Ave verum corpus

The Marian Consort

Rory McCleery (director).

Midori Seiler And Christian Rieger At The Schwetzingen Festival20160703

Midori Seiler and Christian Rieger perform Biber's devotional Rosary Sonatas at the Jagdsaal in Schwetzingen: We'll hear the complete Glorious Mysteries with the famous final Passacaglia.

Introduced by Elin Manahan Thomas


Rosary Sonatas Nos 11-15 (The Glorious Mysteries): The Resurrection; The Ascension; Pentecost; The Assumption of the Virgin; The Beatification of the Virgin

Rosary Sonata No 16: Passacaglia (The Guardian Angel)

Midori Seiler (violin)

Christian Rieger (harpsichord/organ).

Music For Voice And Cornett20170305

Simon Heighes introduces Italian Baroque music from the RheinVokal Festival, Germany, focusing on music written for the voice and cornett in a programme devised by cornett player Bruce Dickey.

Maurizio Cazzati (~1620-1677)

Regina coeli

Nicolo Corradini (?-1646)

Spargite flores

Biagio Marini (~1594-1663)

Sonata seconda

Sigismondo d'India (1580-1629)

Dilectus meus

Giacomo Carissimi (1605-1674)

Summi regis puerpera

Alessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725)

Non pianger solo, dolce usignuolo

From 'L'Emireno overo il consiglio dell'ombra'

Tarquinio Merula (~1595-1665)

Nigra sum

Giovanni B. Bassani (1657-1716)

Sonata prima a 3, Op. 5/12

Excerpts from 'La Morte delusa'

Suzie LeBlanc (soprano)

Bruce Dickey (cornett)

Veronika Skuplik (violin)

Catherine Aglibut (violin)

Mieneke van der Velden (viola da gamba)

Jakob Lindberg (theorbo)

Kris Verhelst (organ).

Northern Lights: Hans-ola Ericsson20151213

Hans-Ola Ericsson plays works by Bach, Frescobaldi, Rameau and Böhm on the organ of the German Church, Stockholm, as part of the 2015 Stockholm Early Music Festival.

Ericsson's programme, entitled The Golden Queen, was recorded on the renowned Düben Organ.

Patricia Petibon And La Cetra20160124

Soprano Patricia Petibon and orchestra La Cetra perform works by Merula, Purcell, Rameau, Charpentier, Nebra and Lambert in concert in Copenhagen.

Introduced by Elin Manahan Thomas.

Merula: Ballo detta il Pollicio

(from Canzoni, overo sonate concertante per chiesa e camera, Venice 1637)

La Cetra

Henri le Bailly: Yo soy la locura

(from Airs de cours mis en tablature, Paris, 1614)

Patricia Petibon (soprano)

Purcell: Suite from The Fairy Queen


Purcell: Thy hand Belinda - When I am laid in earth (Dido and Aeneas)

Rameau: La nuit couvre les cieux (Les Indes galantes);

Air pour les fous gais; Air d'Emilie (Les Indes galantes)

Air pour les fous tristes; Tambourin (Platée)

Aux langueurs d'Apollon (Platée); Air de la folie (Platée)

Charpentier: Quel prix de mon amour (Médée)

Handel: Sarabande; Gigue

José de Nebra: El bajel que no recela

(from Vendado es amor, no es ciego)

Lambert: Vos mespris chaque jour

José de Nebra: En amor, pastorcillos

Philippe Jaroussky20151025

Elin Manahan Thomas presents a concert given at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona by the great French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky.

He sings virtuoso operatic arias by the eighteenth century Neapolitan composer Nicola Porpora, who also taught the famous singer Farinelli.

Jaroussky is accompanied by the Venice Baroque Orchestra, conducted by Andrea Marcon.

Pieter Wispelwey Plays Bach20160327

Cellist Pieter Wispelwey plays Bach's Solo Cello Suites Nos 5 and 6 in the Vienna Konzerthaus. Introduced by Elin Manahan Thomas.

JS Bach: Cello Suite No. 5 in C minor, BWV1011

JS Bach: Cello Suite No. 6 in D major, BWV1012

Pieter Wispelwey (cello)

(Recorded last March at the Konzerthaus, Vienna).

Rachel Podger And Eubo20160724

Rachel Podger joins the European Union Baroque Orchestra for music by Lully, Vivaldi and Handel recorded at the Regensburg Early Music Days festival in Germany in May this year.

Presented by Simon Heighes

Lully: Phaeton (excerpts)

Handel: Concerto grosso in B flat, Op 3 No 1

Vivaldi: Violin Concerto in E, RV 265 (Op 3 No 12)

Handel: Concerto grosso in C, HWV 318, 'Alexander's Feast'

European Union Baroque Orchestra

Rachel Podger, violin/director.

Rachel Podger joins the EU Baroque Orchestra in music by Lully, Vivaldi and Handel.

Ricercar Consort20170312

Elin Manahan Thomas introduces highlights from a concert given by the Ricercar Consort at the Potsdam Sanssouci Music Festival in Germany. With music by Marais, Corelli, Couperin and Rameau.

Marin Marais (1656-1728)

La Rêveuse and L'Arabesque, from 'Suite d'un goût étranger'

Couplets de folies

Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713)

Variations on La Folia, Op. 5 No. 12

Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764)

Fifth Concerto, from 'Pièces de clavecin en concerts'

Jean-Féry Rebel (1666-1747)

Récit: Très doux-gai, from Violin Sonata No. 4 in E minor


Allegro, from Sonata No. 6 in A minor

François Couperin (1668-1773)

Concert Royal No. 3

Jean-Philippe Rameau arr. L.C. Hesse

La Lyre enchantée (encore)

Ricercar Consort

François Fernandez (violin)

Rainer Zipperling (cello, viola da gamba)

Julien Wolfs (harpsichord)

Philippe Pierlot (director/viola da gamba).

Sarah Connolly And The Gottingen Festival Orchestra20151018

Elin Manahan Thomas introduces highlights of a gala concert from this year's Göttingen International Handel Festival, including arias by Handel and Charpentier sung by mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly, and orchestral excerpts from Elisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre's opera Céphale et Procris. Laurence Cummings directs the Göttingen Festival Orchestra.

Handel: Excerpts from Serse: Overture; Frondi tenere... Ombra mai fu; Più che penso

Jacquet de La Guerre: Excerpts from Céphale et Procris: Ouverture; Passepied pour les violons - Passepied pour les hautbois; Air pour les Athéniens; Second Air pour les Athéniens; Air des Démons


Charpentier: Quel prix de mon amour (from Médée)

Handel: Overture 'Alceste'

Handel: Excerpts from Ariodante: E vivo ancora... Scherza infida; Dopo notte, altra e funesta

Sarah Connolly (mezzo-soprano)

Göttingen Festival Orchestra

Laurence Cummings (director).

Stylus Phantasticus20151004

with Simon Heighes. Featuring works by Monteverdi, Landi, d'India and other Italian composers performed by Stylus Phantasticus, recorded at last year's Poznan Baroque Festival in Poland

works include:

Stefano Landi: Bevi, bevi sicura l'onda; Volge Orfeo gli occhi; Narrerò s'il dolore lascia

Claudio Monteverdi: Rosa del ciel; Possente spirto

Sigismondo d'India: Cara mia cetra

Luigi Rossi: Lasciate Averno o pene

Stylus Phantasticus:

Marc Mauillon (baritone)

William Dongois (cornett)

Pablo Valetti (violin)

Friederike Heumann (viola da gamba, lirone)

Angelique Mauillon (baroque harp)

Eduardo Eguez (theorbo, guitar)

Dirk Borner (organ, harpsichord).

The International Summer Academy Of Early Music20161106

Simon Heighes presents highlights of the opening concert of the International Summer Academy of Early Music in Warsaw. Given in memory of Frans Brüggen, the 23rd ISAEM Orchestra perform a programme of music in the Italian Style.

Corelli: Concerto Grosso in D, Op.6 No.4

Vivaldi: Concerto in D minor, Op.3 No.11 (RV 565) for two violins, cello, strings and basso

Simon Standage (violin), Agata Sapiecha (violin), Teresa Kaminska (cello)

Bach, reconstructed Brüggen: Recorder Concerto in D, BWV 169/1053/49

Daniel Bruggen (recorder)

Bach Concerto in C minor for two harpsichords and strings, BWV 1060

Nicholas Parle and Weronika Janyst (harpsichords)

International Summer Academy of Early Music Orchestra

Simon Standage (director).

The Tallis Scholars - Palestrina20170219

Simon Heighes presents a concert celebrating that master of Italian Renaissance polyphony Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, performed by The Tallis Scholars directed by Peter Phillips at the Abbey Church of Maria Laach on the southwestern shore of the Laacher See in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, during the RheinVokal Festival in July last year.

Gregorian Chant: Assumpta est Maria

Palestrina: Motet, Assumpta est Maria

Palestrina: Missa Assumpta est Maria

Palestrina: Stabat Mater a 8

Francesco Soriano: Salve Regina a 8

Palestrina: Laudate Pueri

The Tallis Scholars

Peter Phillips (director).

Vox Luminis20160911

Both of our presenters, Simon Heighes and Elin Manahan Thomas, join together to launch the brand new season of Early Music concerts from around Europe with a terrific programme of Purcell, Locke and Blow from Vox Luminis directed by Lionel Meunier.

Purcell: Hear My Prayer

Purcell: An Evening Hymn

Blow: God Spake Sometime in Visions

Purcell: Morning Hymn

Blow: My God, My God, Look upon Me

Locke: Curtain Tune, from 'The Tempest'

Purcell: My Heart is Inditing

Purcell: Rejoice in the Lord alway

Vox Luminis

Lionel Meunier (director).