From the Library: The Early Music Show

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by Elrik Merlin on Monday, 1 March, 2010

Today on the Early Music show, we’ll be featuring the work of the Baltimore Consort, among other performances of music from the Renaissance period.

The Baltimore Consort is one of North America’s best‐known Early Music ensembles, performing a wide variety of early music, Renaissance music and some material from later periods. They began in 1980 as a group specializing in music of the Elizabethan period, but soon expanded their repertoire to include Scottish music, broadside ballads, and Italian, French, and other European music of the 16th and 17th centuries.

The Baltimore Consort was founded by Roger Harmon, who formerly had taught lute at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Maryland. They performed together for ten years before releasing their first album for Dorian Recordings, a collection of Scottish music called On the Banks of the Helicon.

The group has recorded some 15 albums for Dorian, including a Christmas album, Bright Day Star, and a collection of bawdy songs with the a capella quartet called the Merry Companions, and a 2007 instrumental compilation, Gut, Wind and Wire. Their various recordings also cover a number of the Child ballads. Today we’ll be focusing on their performances of music from Renaissance Europe. If you like what you hear today, here is a list of their available albums, which can be ordered from Dorian Recordings.

In addition we will be hearing performances of Renaissance music from the Early Music Consort, Ulsamer Collegium, Musica Reservata, Piffaro and others.

From the Library is produced by Radio Riel in conjunction with the Alexandrian Free Library Consortium of Second Life. You can listen to the programme now at — or click here to link straight to your player if your browser is set up to do so. Today’s programme is presented by Elrik Merlin.

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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