From the Library: The Early Music Show

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by Elrik Merlin on Saturday, 23 January, 2010

Today on Radio Riel we’ll be playing a wide selection of Early Music, with a slight bias towards the High Renaissance, and even a touch later.

We will be featuring several artists appearing on albums from our friends at, the online record company whose motto is, “We Are Not Evil”. Magnatune treats their artists and their listeners fairly and with respect: you can download all kinds of different music formats without DRM, and you can choose how much you pay for them (there is a suggested amount). And, would you believe, artists find they get more royalties from Magnatune than they receive from conventional record deals. Magnatune represents the future of the music industry, if only the conventional “our customers and artists are the enemy” companies could see it: high quality, affordable downloads that are fair to artists and music-lovers alike. If you want to pick up any of the recordings you hear today, simply visit the site and look for the title or artist.

The Magnatune artists we’ll be featuring today include the New York Consort of Viols, the Dufay Collective, Canconier, La Primavera, La Nuova Musica, Jeni Melia and Mediva.

In addition we’ll be hearing some High Renaissance classics from David Munrow, Musica Reservata and Piffaro, and there are a few modern interpretations of early music styles from Corvus Corax and Qntal to tweak the eardrums a little. Enjoy!

Today’s programme is presented by Elrik Merlin and produced by Radio Riel in conjunction with the Alexandrian Free Library Consortium of Second Life. You can listen to the programme now at in-world, or simply click here:

For more information on the Alexandrian Free Library, current exhibits and the work of Consortium members in general, please visit the Alexandrian Free Library website, or one of their branches in-world.


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