The Early Music Show



Sophie Yates is joined by lutenist Ben Narvey to discuss the relationship between the lute and harpsichord in 17th-century France. Music by Chambonnières, d'Anglebert, Louis Couperin and François Couperin.

EMSA Frenchman At King James's Court20151011

Lucie Skeaping and Dr James Porter of Aberdeen University investigate the musical world of Huguenot composer Jean Servin, and find out what he was doing in 1579 at the Edinburgh court of King James VI of Scotland (later to be King James I of England), with lovingly bound copies of his Psalmi Davidis in his luggage. With music by Servin, Lassus, David Peebles, Andrew Blackhall and others in performances by Cappella Nova, Ensemble Clément Janequin and Sang Scule.

Lucie Skeaping and Dr James Porter investigate the music of Huguenot composer Jean Servin, and finds out what he was doing at the Edinburgh court of King James VI of Scotland (later to be King James I of England) in 1579. With performances by Cappella Nova, Ensemble Clemant Janequin and Sang Schule.

EMSAndreas Staier At The York Early Music Festival20150719

Lucie Skeaping presents highlights of the concert given by harpsichordist Andreas Staier at the 2015 York Early Music Festival including music by Chambonnières, Purcell, Bull, Byrd and Louis Couperin.

EMSAnna Maria Friman Of Trio Mediaeval20151213

Swedish singer Anna Maria Friman talks to Fiona Talkington about her work with Trio Mediaeval and as a soloist, with Christmas music from Norway, Sweden and Iceland.

EMSAnne Boleyn's Songbook20160828

Lucie Skeaping introduces music from the Anne Boleyn Songbook, including pieces by Josquin, Sermisy, Brumel and Mouton. With performances by the vocal ensemble Alamire and comments from music director David Skinner.

EMSAntonio Caldara2008042020110220 (R3)

Exploring the life and music of Venetian-born baroque composer Antonio Caldara.

Catherine Bott presents a programme looking into the life and music of the Venetian born Baroque composer, Antonio Caldara.

EMSAntonio De Cabezon20160403

Lucie Skeaping presents a profile of the blind Spanish renaissance organist and composer Antonio de Cabezon, marking the 450th anniversary of his death in 1566.

EMSAntonio Lotti20170108

Lucie Skeaping marks the 350th anniversary of Italian composer Antonio Lotti's birth with some of his famous choral works alongside lesser known pieces of chamber music and opera.

EMSBach, On This Day20151227

Lucie Skeaping introduces music written for this day by J.S. Bach - music composed for the 27th December, the Third Day of Christmas and the First Sunday after Christmas - including the six-voice Santus composed for the Christmas service in 1724, during second year of Bach's tenure in Leipzig, which eventually became part of the B minor Mass; music from the Christmas Oratorio; and Cantatas BWV 122, Das neugeborne Kindelein (The new-born little babe), and BWV 133, Ich freue mich in dir (I find my joy in thee).

EMSBach-abel Concerts20150419

The Bach-Abel Concerts. Lucie Skeaping talks to the music historian, Simon Heighes about a famous concert series which began two hundred and fifty years ago this year and which lit up London's concert life following the death of Handel. The Bach-Abel series continued for thirty years and with it J.C Bach and his compatriot, Carl Friedrich Abel introduced their opera and concert arias, symphonies and keyboard works to Georgian London.

EMSBach's Wedding Cantata Weichet Nur, Betrubte Schatten20151018

Fiona Talkington introduces a performance of Bach's 'Wedding Cantata,' Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten and finds out whether Anna Magdalena might have sung this very cantata at her wedding to JS Bach in 1721. The cantata's central aria: 'To practise sweet courtship, to cuddle joyously,' features a solo oboe. Today's programme also includes an oboe concerto and a suite for seven instruments written a few years after Bach's cantata.


Oboe Concerto in D minor, TWV 51:d1


Cantata: Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten, BWV 202


Overture a 7 in F, ZWV 188

Carolyn Sampson (soprano)

Katharina Arfken (oboe)

Freiburg Baroque Orchestra

Gottfried von der Goltz (conductor).

EMSBaroque Dance2008010520150510 (R3)

As part of the BBC's current focus on Dance, baroque dance specialist Philippa Waite looks at the styles and affects of various dances, illustrating with music by composers such as Lully, who was an excellent dancer himself, JS Bach, Handel, Weiss, Rebel and Rameau.

EMSBjarte Eike Profile20151004

Fiona Talkington presents a profile of Norwegian violinist Bjarte Eike and his group Barokksolistene.

EMSBrighton Early Music Festival 2016 - L'avventura20161113

Fiona Talkington presents a concert from the 2016 Brighton Early Music Festival which celebrates the work of the 17th-century German Jesuit scholar and polymath Athanasius Kircher, who was fascinated by everything from fossils to birdsong. The programme includes music by Telemann, Rebel, Handel, Gluck, Pachelbel and Stephen Storace.

EMSChevalier De Saint-georges20161023

Fiona Talkington looks at the life and music of Joseph de Boulogne Chevalier de St-Georges - the son of a French plantation owner and his slave mistress, who became a virtuoso violinist and composer, close friend of Queen Marie Antoinette, and was known in 18th Century Paris as "The Black Mozart".

EMSCipriano De Rore20160807

Hannah French presents a profile of the influential Flemish composer Cipriano de Rore.

Hannah French presents a profile of the hugely influential Flemish composer Cipriano de Rore, marking the 500th anniversary of his birth this year. The programme includes recordings by Bruce Dickey, The Huelgas Ensemble, The Tallis Scholars, the Brabant Ensembleand Cinquecento Renaissance Vokal.

EMSClemens Non Papa2010041720110227 (R3)

Lucie Skeaping explores the life and music of the Flemish composer Clemens non Papa.

Lucie Skeaping explores the music of the 16th century Flemish composer Jacobus Clemens non Papa. In the hierarchy of the Flemish school, you could say that Clemens was of the fourth generation - if Dufay is taken as the first, Ockeghem as the second, Josquin the third, with Orlando di Lassus still to come. He was one of the few successful Flemish musicians not to travel to Italy, he spent his entire life in Flanders, working in towns such as Bruges, Dordrecht and Ypres. Also unlike most other composers of that period, Clemens non Papa seems never to have been employed by the church - at least not on a permanent basis.

It's unclear as to how Jacobus Clemens came to adopt the epithet "non Papa" - in fact, it has been the subject of much conjecture. The most widely accepted version is that it meant "not the Pope" Clement - presumably because Pope Clement VII was in the Vatican at the time. Pope Clement VII died in 1534, though, so it's possible that he may have been given the nickname in childhood and it simply stuck with him for the rest of his life! Certainly, the Antwerp-based publisher Tielman Susato, with whom he had a lucrative business partnership, seemed to find the papal suffix amusing! His name is much less well known now, but in the late 1500s, Clemens non Papa was one of the most frequently published composers of the time.

EMSComposer Portrait: Firminus Caron20160124

Little is known about the 15th Century French composer Firminus Caron - even his date of birth and first name are in doubt. The Huelgas Ensemble performs a selection of his choral music, in a recording made at the 2015 Wallonie Festival in Namur.

EMSComposer Profile: Duarte Lobo20150906

Lucie Skeaping marks the 450th anniversary of the Portuguese Renaissance composer, Duarte Lobo. She is joined by scholar and performer Professor Owen Rees of Queen's College, Oxford, who has edited, performed and recorded music by Duarte Lobo.

Duarte Lobo was among the foremost Portuguese composers of the early 17th century. He spent most of his life in Lisbon where he became a renowned teacher. He became maestro de capilla at the Hospital Real, Lisbon, and from about 1591 until at least 1639 and was maestro de capilla at Lisbon Cathedral. He was also director of the Seminário de S Bartolomeu, Lisbon. Most Lisbon repertory was destroyed during the great earthquake of 1755, but Duarte Lobo's work survived because four collections of his works were issued by Plantin, one of the prestigious music publishing houses in Antwerp. One of the collections, Liber missarum, made its way to the Bodleian Library in Oxford in 1659, and so works by Duarte Lobo were performed by English enthusiasts of "ancient" music during the 18th and 19th centuries in London. Today's programme will feature recordings by the Choir of Queen's College Oxford directed by Owen Rees, The Sixteen directed by Harry Christophers, and The Tallis Scholars directed by Peter Philips.

EMSComposer Profile: Georg Wagenseil20150201

Lucie Skeaping looks at the life and music of the Viennese composer Georg Christoph Wagenseil. Although today he's largely relegated to the footnotes of musical history, in his day he was internationally admired, not least in the Mozart household. His tercentenary year gives cause for a fresh look at this founding father of the Viennese Classical style.

EMSComposer Profile: Johann Jakob Froberger20160515

Harpsichordist Sophie Yates looks at the life and music of the German keyboard virtuoso Johann Jakob Froberger, who was born 400 years ago this month.

EMSComposer Profile: Tobias Hume20151122

Lucie Skeaping profiles the 17th-century Scottish soldier, viol player and composer Tobias Hume. With performances by Paolo Pandolfo, Les Voix Humaines, Les Basses Réunies, and others.

EMSConvent, Court And Salon20151115

Lucie Skeaping is joined by Deborah Roberts, director of the Brighton Early Music Festival Consort of Voices, to talk about the role of women musicians and composers in 17th-century Italian musical life. Amongst these was Chiara Margarita Cozzolani whose double-choir setting of the Vespers we'll hear today in this concert, recorded at the festival earlier this month.

EMSDebate: The Future Of The Early Music Scene20161016

Lucie Skeaping is joined by guests Delma Tomlin (Director of the National Centre for Early Music in York), Steven Devine (keyboard player and Professor at Trinity Laban College of Music in London), Greg Skidmore (academic and singer with ensembles such as The Sixteen, Ex Cathedra and Alamire) and Tabea Debus (recorder player, recently graduated from the Royal Academy of Music) to discuss how the early music scene is likely to develop and change in coming years in terms of performance practice, education and academic research.

EMSDon Fernando De Las Infantas20110205

Robert Hollingworth talks to musicologist Tess Knighton about the music of the 16th Century Spanish composer Don Fernando de las Infantas, with performances by the BBC Singers.

Born to a notable family in Córdoba in 1534, Fernando enjoyed a privileged education, and then spent 25 years living in Rome, voluntarily giving his services to a hospital for the poor. He was constantly involved in theological debate and frequently came into conflict with the church. Indeed, his 1601 Treaty on Predestination brought the charge of being an illuminist, if not a quietist, and the attention of the Spanish Inquisition. At the end of his life, overwhelmed by his theological enemies he was reduced to beggary and died in poverty.

EMSEarly Music And New Music20161120

Lucie Skeaping talks to Radio 3's embedded composer Matthew Kaner, New York-based composer Caroline Shaw and viola da gamba player Liam Byrne about how early music pieces and performance practice influence their styles as contemporary composers and performers.

EMSEchoes Of The Past In The Present20160103

Stevie Wishart presents a special New Year New Music programme. She takes a look at how early music resonates through the contemporary music of our time as "Echoes of the Past in the Present". Stevie features her own performances and compositions as well as music by early music exponents such as Garth Knox and Philippe Malfeyt and performances by Voice, St Catharine's Girls' Choir Cambridge and the ensemble, Tied and Nycklet.

EMSEnsemble Organum At The Aldeburgh Festival20150628

Lucie Skeaping presents Ensemble Organum at the 2015 Aldeburgh Festival. Their programme The Hidden Face of the Renaissance ranges from Byzantine song to 16th-century Latin liturgy via the fascinating florid polyphony of Corsica.

EMSEuropean Day Of Early Music20160327

Celebrating the 2016 European Day of Early Music, two of Europe's finest viol players - Richard Boothby and Christophe Coin - perform in York in a programme celebrating the music of England and France - from Ferrabosco to Couperin.

EMSFlanders Recorder Quartet In New York20160522

Hannah French presents highlights of a concert given by the Flanders Recorder Quartet at The Frick Collection in New York, including music by JS Bach, Hugh Ashton, Tielman Susato and Joseph de Boismortier. Hannah also talks to artistic director Joyce Bodig about the museum's long-standing series of chamber music concerts and talks to chief curator Xavier Salomon about some of the works of art in the collection.

EMSFlorilegium - 25th Anniversary20160501

Lucie Skeaping chats to the award-winning flautist and recorder player Ashley Solomon, professor and Head of Historial Performance at the Royal College of Music and director of the ensemble Florilegium. The group, founded in 1991, celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. In the last quarter of a century, Florilegium has toured worldwide, released an impressive number of recordings and embarked on a fascinating (and ongoing) project working with native Indians in Bolivia. The programme includes excerpts from some of Florilegium's recordings including music by Bach, Telemann, Haydn, Monteclair, Couperin, Pergolesi and the Bolivian composer Roque Jacinto de Chavarria.

EMSFolk Connections In Early Music20160131

For Radio 3's Folk Connections weekend, Lucie Skeaping explores the influence of folk music on performance of early music, and plays examples by Jordi Savall, The Harp Consort, City Waites, Concerto Caledonia and others.

EMSFrancesca Caccini: La Liberazione Di Ruggiero20160306

Francesca Caccini's La liberazione di Ruggiero dall'isola di Alcina was the first opera by a woman. In the week of International Women's Day, Lucie Skeaping introduces highlights of a performance recorded live at last year's Brighton Early Music Festival, and is joined in the studio by musical director Deborah Roberts.

Francesca Caccini: La liberazione di Ruggiero dall'isola di Alcina

Anna Devin (soprano) - Alcina

Denis Lakey (counter-tenor) - Melissa

Nick Pritchard (tenor) - Ruggiero

Hannah Ely (soprano) - Siren

Cally Youdell (soprano) - Oreste

Camilla Harris (soprano) - First Damigella

Roberta Diamond (soprano) - Second Damigella

Nancy Cole (mezzo-soprano) - Third Damigella

Bethany Horak-Hallett (soprano) - Female Plant

James Way (tenor) - Fiume Vistola/Shepherd

Josh Cooter (tenor) - Male Plant

William Bouvel (tenor) - Astolfo

Andrew Robinson (baritone) - Male Monster

The Liberation Singers

The BREMF Renaissance Players

Deborah Roberts (musical director).

EMSFrancesco Scarlatti20160207

Lucie Skeaping explores the life and music of the lesser-known Scarlatti: Francesco - brother of Alessandro and uncle of Domenico, who spent much of his later career in Dublin.

EMSFree Thinking20151108

The Early Music Show comes to Radio 3's Free Thinking Festival for the first time. Acclaimed vocal group, the Marian Consort, under its director Rory McCleery, performs an intriguing concert of early music from composers whose creative imagination and religious principles prompted them to disregard the established musical rules of their day.

In the sixteenth century, Carlo Gesualdo's extraordinary vocal music pushed ideas of harmony to new limits in his pursuit of emotional truth; William Byrd's settings of religious texts are sometimes covert expressions of his Catholic faith at a time when such beliefs were forbidden and dangerous. The Marian Consort's programme is introduced by Lucie Skeaping

EMSFrench Baroque Vocal Music - Lully And Charpentier20150621

Lucie Skeaping introduces a concert of vocal music from the French Baroque recorded at the Vienna Resonanzen Festival 2015.

Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632-1687)

Marche pour le carrousel royal de Louis XIV

Michel-Richard Delalande (1657-1726)

Caprice de Villers-Cotterets

Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643-1704)

Tristis est anima mea, H382

Sola vivebat in antris, H388

from Méditations pour le Carême

Jean-Baptiste Lully

Te Deum, LWV 55

Guillaume Bouzignac (~1587-1645)

In pace, in idipsum

Amel Brahim-Djelloul (soprano)

Claire Lefilliâtre (soprano)

Jean-François Lombard (countertenor)

Jeffrey Thompson (tenor)

Benoît Arnould (bass)

Capella Cracoviensis

Le Poème Harmonique, Vincent Dumestre (director).

EMSGarden Of Early Delights20150405

: music with a hint of the horticultural, performed in the Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, by Pamela Thorby (recorder), Alison McGillivray (viola da gamba) and Elizabeth Kenny (lute). The programme reflects the Gallery's exhibition 'Painting Paradise: The Art of the Garden', and includes music by Biagio Marini, Diego Ortiz, John Dowland, Jacob Van Eyck, and George Frideric Handel.

Introduced by Lucie Skeaping, in conversation with the exhibition's curator Vanessa Remington

Biagio Marini: Sonata Op 8 No 4 'per sonar con due corde'

Diego Ortiz: Recercada segunda (from 'Tratado de glosas', 1553)

Jacob van Eyck: Engels nachtegaeltje (from 'Der fluyten lust-hof')

Bartolomeu Selma y Salaverde: Canzon prima a canto e basso

John Dowland: Fantasia (on All in a Garden Green)

Johann Schop: Lachrimae Pavaen (from ''T uitnement kabinet', 1646)

Simon Ives: The Gilliflower (from Playford's 'Musick's recreation on the viol, lyra-way', 1682)

Anon: Canaries (from the Magdalene Cockburn lyra viol manuscript)

Handel: Cara speme (from 'Giulio Cesare')

Handel: Presti omai l'egizia terra (from 'Giulio Cesare')

Corelli: Sonata Op 5 No 4

Pamela Thorby (recorder)

Alison McGillivray (bass viol)

Elizabeth Kenny (lute).

EMSGluck's Iphigenie En Tauride2014040620150920 (R3)

Lucie Skeaping looks at the music from Gluck's fifth operatic masterpiece, Iphigénie en Tauride - based on Euripides' play, and first performed in Paris in 1779.

With Iphigénie, Gluck took his operatic reform to its logical conclusion. The recitatives are shorter and accompanied by strings and other instruments (not just traditional continuo). The normal dance movements found in earlier French tragédie en musique are almost entirely absent. The drama is ultimately based on the play Iphigenia in Tauris by the ancient Greek dramatist Euripides which deals with stories concerning the family of Agamemnon in the aftermath of the Trojan War.

EMSHampton Court And Edward Vi2015011120160508 (R3)

Lucie Skeaping visits Hampton Court Palace to find out about the music written during the short, but eventful reign of King Edward VI. She traces Edward's story from cradle to grave with guest contributor Michele Price - manager of the choral foundation at Hampton Court Palace.

EMSHandel's Giulio Cesare20160529

Lucie Skeaping looks at the plot, history, performances and recordings of one of Handel's most enduring operas, Giulio Cesare - first performed at London's Haymarket Theatre in 1724.

The libretto was written by Nicola Francesco Haym who used an earlier libretto by Giacomo Francesco Bussani. The opera, which starred two of Europe's most famous performers - the castrato Senesino and soprano Francesca Cuzzoni - was an immediate success at its first performances, and was frequently revived by Handel in his subsequent opera seasons for King George I's Royal Academy.

EMSHis Majestys Sagbutts And Cornetts At The Manchester International Festival20150712

Lucie Skeaping presents His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts in concert at Manchester International Festival.

EMSJohn Holloway, Jane Gower, Lars Ulrik Mortensen20150517

Lucie Skeaping presents highlights of a concert given by violinist John Holloway, dulcian player Jane Gower and harpsichordist Lars Ulrik Mortensen at the spectacular Frick Collection gallery in New York, including music by Rossi, Castello, Schmelzer, Rosenmüller and Froberger.

EMSJohn Sheppard20160228

No-one knows for sure the birth-date of Tudor composer John Sheppard, but it is thought to have been around 600 years ago in 1515-16. Lucie Skeaping is joined by singer and musicologist Sally Dunkley to explore the life and work of one of England's finest composers, with performances by The Sixteen, The Tallis Scholars, Stile Antico, the Gabrieli Consort, The Clerkes of Oxenford and the Choir of Westminster Abbey.

John Sheppard: Libera nos I

The Sixteen

Harry Christophers (director)

John Sheppard: Verbum caro (excerpt)

The Clerkes of Oxenford

David Wulstan (director)

John Sheppard: The Lord's Prayer

Stile Antico

John Sheppard: Magnificat (from Second Service)

The Choir of Westminster Abbey

James O'Donnell (director)

John Sheppard: Agnus Dei (from Missa Cantate)

Gabrieli Consort

Paul McCreesh (director)

John Sheppard: Libera nos II

John Sheppard: Media vita

The Tallis Scholars

Peter Phillips (director).

EMSKing Joao Iv Of Portugal20110227

Catherine Bott talks to Owen Rees about the musical legacy of King Joao IV of Portugal and the so-called Golden Age of Portuguese polyphony. In 1578, the young king of Portugal, Sebastian led an ill-considered crusade against the Moors of Morocco. He was routed at the battle of Alcazar-Quivir and disappeared without trace, leaving his succession and the fate of his nation on a knife-edge. Of the six claimants to the Portuguese monarchy, the most powerful was Philip II of Spain, whose invading army conquered the country in 1581. Neither Philip nor his two successors acknowledged Portugal's cultural or ethnic independence and treated her as nothing more than a province of Spain. Portugal's considerable foreign revenue enriched the Spanish treasury, while her dominance in trade and sea power was successfully challenged by the English and the Dutch, thus loosening her grip on her colonies in Africa, Asia and South America. This period of external domination and subsequent economic decline lasted for nearly 60 years until the Portuguese nobility reached the end of its tether and led a revolt against their oppressors in 1640, as a result of which, the Duke of Braganza was declared the new and rightful king of Portugal and the Algarves. One of King Joao IV's first actions was to lead his countrymen in a protracted war of restoration against the Spanish, whose armies were finally driven out of Portuguese lands after four more years of fierce fighting. Joao o Restaurador - John the Restorer - was not just a successful troop-leader, though. He was also a generous supporter of the arts, and a considerably talented musician and composer himself. And, by the time of his death in 1656 he had amassed the biggest music library in the world.

EMSLa Tempesta Di Mare - Philadelphia Baroque20160110

Lucie Skeaping looks at the work of Tempesta di Mare - Philadelphia Baroque, with contributions from its directors, Gwyn Roberts and Richard Stone, and music by Marais, Handel, Bach and Fasch.

EMSLive From The 2015 York Early Music Festival20150705

Lucie Skeaping is at the National Centre for Early Music for a special live edition from the 2015 York Early Music Festival with guests including bass viol duo Jonathan Dunford and Sylvia Abramowicz, and conductor Christian Curnyn.

EMSLive From The York Early Music Festival20160710

Lucie Skeaping presents a live programme from the National Centre for Early Music as the 2016 York Early Music Festival kicks off in style. Lucie will be joined by guests including lutenists Anthony Rooley and Thomas Dunford and flautist Tabea Debus.

EMSLondon Festival Of Baroque Music - Bruce Dickey20160619

Fiona Talkington presents a concert recorded at the 2016 London Festival of Baroque Music, featuring virtuoso cornett player Bruce Dickey, gamba player Alberto Rasi, harpist Maria Christina Cleary and organist Liuwe Tamminga in music by Gabrieli, Palestrina, Guami and Luzzaschi, among others. The early decades of the Baroque era were when virtuoso instruments such as the cornett first came into their own, yet much of their music was based on existing vocal models. Bruce Dickey, widely acknowledged as the world's greatest exponent of the instrument thought to have the closest resemblance to the human voice, demonstrates how the cool sounds of the Renaissance were transformed into a rich new species of instrumental eloquence, in works by Gabrieli, Palestrina, Luzzaschi, Bassano and others.

EMSLondon Festival Of Baroque Music - Roberta Invernizzi20160612

Fiona Talkington presents a concert recorded at St. Peter's Church, Eaton Square, as part of the 2016 London Festival of Baroque Music. Italian soprano Roberta Invernizzi and lutenist Craig Marchitelli perform music by Caccini, D'India, Monteverdi, Piccinini and Carissimi.

EMSLost Sounds2014113020150913 (R3)
20160117 (R3)

Clare Salaman on forgotten instruments which were once part of everyday musical life.

Clare considers why instruments which were once part of musical life - such as the vielle, the bray harp, the hurdy gurdy and the viola organista - are now rarely heard. Some were particularly suited to certain styles of music and unable to keep up when fashions changed. Others, while astonishing, intriguing and even beautiful in their design proved totally impractical for everyday use. Clare chooses recordings of some of these lost instruments, which create sounds which are very rarely heard today.

EMSMatthias Weckmann20130818

Catherine Bott presents a profile of the German composer and organist Matthias Weckmann, who flourished in Dresden and Hamburg during the 17th century. Weckmann was a pupil of Henirich Schütz, and the organist and composer Praetorius, and who made a major contribution to the musical life in Protestant Germany. Although few compositions survive, Weckmann wrote some exceptional music, including several beautiful sacred vocal concertos, settings of devotional texts for voices and instruments: Catherine Bott plays a recording by the Ricercar Consort of a couple of these concertos, in addition to a selection of other organ and ensemble works.

EMSMedieval Dance20150426

As part of the BBC's current focus on Dance, Lucie Skeaping is joined by choreographer and early dance expert Darren Royston to discover some of the delights of medieval dance moves.

EMSMetastasio's Artaserse2015041220160410 (R3)

Lucie Skeaping explores Artaserse, one of the most popular opera libretti by Metastasio, the great 18th century dramatist, featuring Artaxerxes I, King of Persia.

The libretto was originally written for and first set to music by Leonardo Vinci in 1730 for Rome, and it was subsequently set by dozens of later composers. In England, Thomas Arne's 1762 Artaxerxes is set to an English libretto that is based on Metastasio's. Lucie Skeaping introduces extracts from a few of the 90 known settings of Metastasio's text.

EMSMusic For Marie Fel20150524

Lucie Skeaping presents highlights from Music for Marie Fel, a concert given at St John's Smith Square as part of the London Festival of Baroque Music.

Carolyn Sampson, soprano

Matthew Barber, narrator

Ex Cathedra

Jeffrey Skidmore, conductor

Soprano Marie Fel, the 'adorable nightingale' who held Parisian audiences spellbound during one of the most glorious periods in French music history and inspired the greatest composers of the day, is celebrated by a favourite modern-day nightingale in works by Rameau, Lalande, Mondonville and others.'.

EMSMusic In 18th-century Bath20160221

Lucie Skeaping explores the music scene in 18th-century Bath, including works by Thomas Chilcot, William Jackson, Thomas Shaw, John Banister and the Linleys, father and son.

Thomas Linley the Elder: Fly to my aid, O mighty Love (Invocation)


Timothy Roberts (director)

John Banister: Music att the Bath (excerpts)

The Parley of Instruments

Peter Holman (director)

Thomas Chilcot: Aria; Minuet (from Suite in G minor)

Ruth Dyson (harpsichord)

Thomas Linley the Elder: The lark sings high in the cornfield

Emma Kirkby (soprano), Timothy Roberts (harpsichord)

William Jackson: Love in thine eyes for ever plays

William Jackson: Could he whom my dissembled rigour grieves

William Herschel: Sonata in D major, Op. 4. No. 4 (2nd and 3rd movts)

Timothy Roberts (harpsichord), Florian Deuter (violin)

Thomas Shaw: Violin Concerto in G major (1st movt)

Elizabeth Wallfisch (violin)

Henry Harington: Enchanting harmonist; Ode to the memory of Italian virtuosi

Thomas Linley the Younger: Violin Sonata in A major (3rd movt)

The Locatelli Trio

Thomas Linley the Elder: In thousand thoughts of love and thee

EMSMusic In 18th-century Birmingham2014091420160313 (R3)

Lucie Skeaping is joined by harpsichordist Martin Perkins to explore the music 18th-century audiences in Birmingham and the Midlands would have known. The programme includes rarely heard works by John Pixell, Richard Mudge, Joseph Harris, Barnabas Gunn, Jeremiah Clark of Worcester and Capel Bond.

John Pixell: An Invitation to the Red-Breast

Louise Wayman (soprano)

Musical and Amicable Society

Martin Perkins (director)

Richard Mudge: Concerto No. 2 in D minor

Barockorchester Capriccio Basel

Dominik Kiefer (concertmaster)

Joseph Harris: Invocation (O Muse beloved, Calliope divine!)

Barnabas Gunn: Solo No. 4 in B minor for flute and basso continuo

Rachel Latham (flute)

Jeremiah Clark: To Myra

Capel Bond: Concerto No. 1 in D major

Crispian Steele-Perkins (trumpet)

The Parley of Instruments Baroque Orchestra

Roy Goodman (conductor).

EMSMusic In 18th-century Newcastle20150607

Lucie Skeaping talks to Rosemary Southey of Newcastle University about the musical scene in the north-east of England in the eighteenth century, with works by Avison, John Garth and Herschel.

EMSNcem Young Composers Award Winners 201520151101

Lucie Skeaping presents music by the winners of the National Centre for Early Music Young Composers Award 2015.

The NCEM Young Composers Award invited composers to create new settings for a short dramatic scene from one of two Monteverdi masterpieces: Orfeo or Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda. Students were provided with an English translation of the texts, which could be cut or adapted as appropriate. The new works had to be written for two or three singers accompanied by a small ensemble of baroque instruments, similar to those available to Monteverdi.

The winning pieces, 'Fractos Corde' by 17-year-old Joshua Urben and 'Why are you in such a hurry?' by 25-year-old John Goldie-Scot, were given their public premieres last month in Glasgow, in the atmospheric setting of the Mackintosh Church, by the Dunedin Consort and John Butt.

Details of the 2016 award are also announced.

EMSNorthern Lights: The Duben Collection.20151206

As part of Radio 3's Northern Lights season, Fiona Talkington looks at some of the music found in the Düben Collection, currently held at Uppsala University. It was originally collected by the Swedish composer Gustaf Düben, and includes many of the only surviving copies of manuscripts by Buxtehude.

EMSPerformer Profile: Nigel Rogers20150322

Lucie Skeaping presents a profile of the career of the British tenor Nigel Rogers, who celebrates his 80th birthday this week.

EMSRadio 3 At 70 - In Support Of Early Music20161009

Lucie Skeaping is joined by guests, violinist Catherine Mackintosh, director Peter Holman and Nick Wilson from King's College London to discuss how Radio 3 helped to support and shape the Early Music movement in its early years from the 1950s through to the 1990s.

EMSRenaissance Dance Music2008101220150503 (R3)

As part of the BBC's current focus on Dance, Lucie Skeaping is joined by dance historian Barbara Segal to discuss the finer points of Renaissance terpsichore. European theatrical extravaganzas - Italian Intermedi, French Ballet de Cour and English Masques swirl effortlessly alongside traditional Branles and even Morris Dances. Meanwhile, to the accompaniment of The City Waites, Lucie tries out some of the dances herself, under Barbara Segal's expert guidance, of course!

EMSSeasonal Music With Emma Kirkby20161211

Early music stalwart, the soprano Dame Emma Kirkby is today's guest presenter of The Early Music Show, and chooses some of her favourite seasonal music from the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque.

(photo: Bibi Basch).

EMSSettings Of Poets And Texts2009032220110213 (R3)

Catherine Bott looks at some of the poets and texts set by Purcell.

Catherine Bott is joined by the author Jonathan Keates to discuss some of the poets and texts that Purcell set. The music in the programme illustrates Purcell's versatility as a composer for poets, and includes examples of settings of non-biblical religious texts, the poetry of the odes, and some of the individual art songs.

EMSSound Frontiers: English Cornett And Sackbut Ensemble20161002

Lucie Skeaping presents a live edition from Southbank Centre in London, featuring The English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble.

EMSSound Frontiers: English Cornett And Sackbutt Ensemble20161002

Lucie Skeaping presents a live edition from Southbank Centre in London, featuring The English Cornett and Sackbutt Ensemble.

EMSSound Frontiers: Lute Songs From Southbank20160925

Lucie Skeaping presents a programme from Southbank Centre in London, featuring mezzo-soprano Anna Starushkevych, tenor Charles Daniels and lutenist Elizabeth Kenny in songs by Dowland, Morley and Johnson, alongside two new pieces by the winners of this year's National Centre for Early Music Young Composers' Award.

EMSSounds Of Shakespeare20160423

Lucie Skeaping introduces soprano Ruby Hughes and lute player Jon Nordberg in a 16th century recital specially created for today, Lute songs and Pavans in Shakespeare?s England. Includes works by John Dowland and Robert Johnson. Live from the Royal Shakespeare's Company's The Other Place theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon as part of Radio 3's Sounds of Shakespeare weekend.

BBC Radio 3 is marking the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare with a season celebrating the four centuries of music and performance that his plays and sonnets have inspired. Over the anniversary weekend, from Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th April, Radio 3 will broadcast live from a pop-up studio at the RSC's The Other Place Theatre and other historic venues across Stratford-upon-Avon.

EMSSounds Of Shakespeare2016042420160730 (R3)

The choir Ex Cathedra with a special concert of madrigals from Shakespeare's lifetime.

The choir Ex Cathedra with a special concert of English and Italian madrigals celebrating the explosion of interest in singing in England during the most creative part of Shakespeare's lifetime. Presented by Lucie Skeaping from the historic Guild Chapel in Stratford-upon-Avon.

First broadcast in April 2016 as part of Radio 3's Sounds of Shakespeare weekend.

The choir Ex Cathedra with a special concert of English and Italian madrigals celebrating the explosion of interest in singing in England during the most creative part of Shakespeare's lifetime. Presented by Lucie Skeaping from the historic Guild Chapel in Stratford-upon-Avon as part of Radio 3's Sounds of Shakespeare weekend.

BBC Radio 3 is marking the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare with a season celebrating the four centuries of music and performance that his plays and sonnets have inspired. Over the anniversary weekend, from Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th April, Radio 3 will broadcast live from a pop-up studio at the Royal Shakespeare Company's Other Place Theatre and other historic venues across Stratford-upon-Avon.


Hannah French looks at the tradition of Tafelmusik. Musique de Table. Table Music. It's music composed to divert, entertain, and yes, be performed around a table.

Hannah visits the British Library to talk to the Curator of Music Manuscripts Andra Patterson about an incredible manuscript of Table Music held there: a 'booke of In nomines and other solfainge songs of 5, 6, 7 and 8 parts for voyces or Instruments'.

The programme includes pieces by William Byrd, Johann Schein, Michael Praetorius, Vivaldi and Telemann. Telemann is undoubtedly the most celebrated composer of Tafelmusik. His 1733 collection is a substantial portfolio of about four-and-a-half hours of music which is rated alongside Vivaldi's L'Estro Armonico and Bach's Brandenburg Concertos in terms of breadth of ideas and creative use of form. It's arranged into three parts or 'productions', each containing a suite, a quartet, a concerto, a trio, a sonata, and a conclusion. Telemann had the knack of keeping up with the latest musical trends and giving people what they wanted to hear. He knew he was on the money with his Tafelmusik, announcing: 'This work will make me famous one day'.

EMSTafelmusik Baroque Orchestra20160918

Hannah French is in Toronto to meet members of the Canadian ensemble Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra about their projects and recordings since the early 1980s, including contributions from their long-serving artistic director, Jeanne Lamon. Music includes pieces by Bach, Purcell, Geminiani, Telemann, Beethoven, Zelenka and Leonardo Leo.

EMSThe Bach Players At The London Festival Of Baroque Music 201520150531

Elisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre at the London Festival of Baroque Music

Lucy Skeaping introduces solo keyboard music and trio sonatas by Elisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre, born 350 years ago this year. Hailed in her lifetime as worthy of a seat on Mount Parnassus, de La Guerre's music was frequently enjoyed at the courts of both Louis XIV and Louis XV, but much of her keyboard music was presumed to be lost until it was rediscovered in recent times. Here the distinguished harpsichordist, Béatrice Martin, plays her keyboard suites in the magnificent surroundings of London's Wallace Collection, famous for its 18th-century French paintings and furniture.

Béatrice Martin (harpsichord)

The Bach Players

Nicolette Moonen (artistic director).

EMSThe Gesualdo Legacy20161106

Fiona Talkington looks at the legacy of Carlo Gesualdo and the fascination that his life and music held for certain 20th century cultural figures, including composers Igor Stravinsky and Peter Maxwell Davies, novelist Aldous Huxley and film maker Werner Herzog. The programme includes an interview with Professor Glenn Watkins, who has written extensively about Gesualdo's life, work and influence.

EMSThe Incomparable Lubicer2014010520160814 (R3)

Lucie Skeaping explores the story of the virtuoso German violinist Thomas Baltzar, nicknamed "The Incomparable Lubicer". He caused a storm in 17th-century England and was acclaimed as the greatest violinist in the world.

EMSThe Jew Without The Yellow Badge: Salamone Rossi And The Song Of Solomon2011111920150614 (R3)

Lucie Skeaping explores the life and extraordinary music of Salamone Rossi, a 17th-century Jewish composer based in Mantua. He wrote a collection of psalms and motets in Hebrew, for the Synagogue, drawing on the Italian polyphonic style of composition employed by the Christian Church. In a period of intense anti-Semitism, when the Jewish community in Italy were required by law to wear on their clothing a yellow 'badge of shame', Rossi's musical skills were highly regarded by the Mantuan court. His collection was not only the first of its kind; it would also remain unique for more than two hundred years.

First broadcast 19/11/2011.

EMSThe Manuscript Of Zeghere Van Male20110206

Catherine Bott reflects on the four Flemish songbooks of the 16th Century chronicler, Zeghere van Male and introduces performances of the music by Ensemble Clement Janequin.

The 'Songbooks of Zeghere van Male' are some of the most intriguing Western-European musical manuscripts. The four large part books contain over 1200 pages, each of which features one or more illuminated vignettes of extraordinary quality. The books feature over 200 different compositions, mainly songs, and give a fascinating overview of the kind of music that flourished in first half of the 16th century around Bruges, including French chanson, church masses and Latin motets. The songbook also includes some Italian madrigals and several Dutch polyphonic songs and instrumental works. The composers range from international figures such as Josquin, Mouton, Willaert, and Sermisy to lesser known regional figures such as De Hondt and Hellinck.

The books appeared in Bruges in 1542 and take their name from their owner, Zeghere van Male, a prominent tradesman in the city.

EMSThe Medici Codex - Bbc Singers20160605

Robert Hollingworth introduces specially made recordings of music from the Medici Codex - a music book prepared for Pope Leo X in 1518. Leo was the second son of Lorenzo "The Magnificent" of the Medici family, who was Pope from 1513 to 1521. The codex contains 53 motets and was presented to Leo's nephew, the Duke of Urbino at his wedding to a French princess in 1518. In discussion with Tim Shepherd of Sheffield University.

EMSThe Siege Of Vienna20110226

Lucie Skeaping presents highlights of a concert given in Bruges by the Sarband Ensemble and Armonico Tributo, which evokes the Turkish siege of Vienna in 1683. The music includes works by Johann Schmelzer, Georg Muffat and Johann Kerll as well as Turkish music from the 17th century.

EMSThe Tangent Piano20151129

Unlocked. Lucie Skeaping talks to the leading early keyboard player Linda Nicholson about an instrument which is seldom heard today but which was once nearly as popular as the fortepiano. Linda Nicholson is heard in recital playing the only Tangentenflügel in the UK in music by Paradisi, Wagenseil, Mozart and Haydn. Hearing this rare surviving example, it is easy to understand why composers and players of the classical period seem to have been captivated by the tangent piano's charms for nearly half a century.

The music was recorded at a concert held in the Art Workers' Guild on a Tangent piano by Friedrich Schmahl of Regensburg in 1797 and a clavichord made by Johann Adolph Hass of Hamburg in 1767.

Pietro Domenico Paradisi

Sonata in D major (1754)

Georg Christoph Wagenseil

Divertimento in B flat major, Op. 1, No. 6


Marche funèbre del Signor Maestro Contrapunto (K. 453a)

Sonata in C major (K. 279/189d)

Giovanni Benedetto Platti (1697-1763)

Adagio movement from Sonata in G minor, Op. 1, No. 4


Capriccio - 'Acht Sauschneider müssen sein' (Hob. XVII/1).

EMSTime Will Tell20130817

The singer Donald Greig has established a long career performing with groups such as the Tallis Scholars and the Orlando Consort, of which he is a founder member. Last year he wrote his first novel - Time Will Tell - which recently came out in paperback. It tells parallel stories set in the 1990s world of modern early music performance, and in the 16th century world of Franco-Flemish composers and musicians including Josquin and Ockeghem. Donald Greig talks to Catherine Bott about his novel and selects music featured in the story.

EMSUtrecht Festival 2016 - Capriccio Stravagante And Vox Luminis20161204

Lucie Skeaping presents highlights of a concert of Venetian music given at the Utrecht Festival by the Belgian vocal ensemble Vox Luminis and the Capriccio Stravagante Renaissance Orchestra, directed by Skip Sempé. The concert includes pieces by Claudio Monteverdi, Giovanni Gabrieli, Gasparo Zanetti, Johannes Ciconia, Giorgio Mainerio, Andrea Gabrieli and Orazio Vecchi.

EMSVenus And Adonis20160214

Hannah French presents a performance of John Blow's Venus and Adonis for Valentine's Day. The earliest surviving English opera, which served as the model for Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, was written for the court of King Charles II in 1683 and subtitled "A masque for the entertainment of the king". An early manuscript records that the king's former mistress Moll Davies sang the part of Venus, and their illegitimate ten year old daughter Lady Mary Tudor took the part of Cupid. In today's performance recorded last year at the Rennie Mackintosh Church in Glasgow, Mhairi Lawson is Venus, Matthew Brook Adonis, and Jessica Leary Cupid. The Dunedin Consort is conducted by John Butt.


Lucie Skeaping joins in the New Year festivities from Vienna with a programme looking at the city's early musical history, including works by the 13th-century minnesinger Neidhart von Reuental along with composers from Ludwig Senfl and Heinrich Isaac all the way to Fux, Schmelzer and Haydn.

EMSYork Early Music Festival 2016 - Thomas Dunford & Kevyan Chemirani20160717

Lucie Skeaping presents a concert from the 2016 York Early Music Festival, which features lutenist Thomas Dunford alongside Persian percussionist and zarb player Kevyan Chemirani.

EMSYork Early Music Festival 2016: The City Musick20160724

Lucie Skeaping presents the City Musick in concert at the 2016 York Early Music Festival.

Lucie Skeaping presents a concert from the 2016 York Early Music Festival, featuring The City Musick - "The Topping Tooters of the Town: the Waits in Shakespeare's London". With music by Anthony Holborne, Clement Woodcock, John Coprario, Thomas Ravenscroft, Richard Allison and John Adson.

"Why these are the city waits, who play every winter's night through the

streets to rouse each lazy drone to family duty. These are the topping tooters

of the town, and have gowns, silver chains, and salaries, for playing

'Lilliburlero' to my Lord Mayor's horse through the city."

(Ned Ward, The London Spy, 1709).

EMSYork Early Music International Young Artists Competition 201520150726

Lucie Skeaping presents highlights of the York Early Music International Young Artists Competition.