From the Library: The Early Music Show

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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