Playing tracks by
Cappella Romana, Ensemble Scholastica, Alla Francesca, Etienne de Meaux, Li moines de Saint-Denis and more.
This show was 12th in the global classical chart and 92nd in the global chillout chart.
This special episode is devoted to radical OLD music, showcasing the past year’s most intriguing recordings of medieval, Renaissance and early Baroque music. From the earliest tentative experiments with polyphony and notated music through the origins of chord progressions, harmony and opera, we highlight the spirit of innovation and exploration present in this work, interpreted by some of the leading lights of the early music revival movement.
Landini, Dufay, Ockeghem, Janequin, Ortiz, Palestrina, Monteverdi, Purcell and Strozzi are among the featured composers, the playlist ranging from the 12th to the 17th centuries. Music that’s too archaic, too abstruse and too old for most classical music shows—but right in line with our mission to bring you the strongest, most far-reaching music we can find.
As a bonus we explore the arcana of medieval cadences, demonstrate how Ockeghem anticipated Anthony Braxton, and offer our pick for "greatest pre-20th century female classical composer".