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April 1, 2010 1:45 PM Subscribe
Help me build the essential early music library.
posted by Saxon Kane to Media & Arts (26 answers total) 33 users marked this as a favorite
I'm interested in building my collection of "early music" -- which I am basically defining as music written pre-1700 CE. Baroque, Medieval, Renaissance, or whatever terms may apply. While names of composers or pieces are appreciated, I'm more interested in actual album/performer recommendations; buying in the "classical" section can be difficult because there are so many budget labels with recordings by the Indiana Basin Silt Community College Chamber Orchestra recorded on someone's MacBook, so I am looking for specifics.
Here are my interests, generally speaking, regarding national origin:
1)England and Northern Europe is of chief interest
2)Western Europe in general
3)Eastern Europe and the Americas
4)Early "Folk" or "World" music
In terms of performance style, I'm more interested in recordings made using period instruments rather than renditions on modern instruments.
Equally interested in courtly, religious, and popular music, and equally interested in vocal, instrumental, and mixed.
So. What should I buy?