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August 11, 2010 12:32 PM   Subscribe

I want the best goddamned period music you've ever heard. Colonial, Renaissance, pre-classical... You name it I want it. No choral works.

I love period music. I love the sound of medieval chamber music, colonial dances, French courting songs. I have no bias (though I do have enough choral music that i don't want any more at present).

I want the very best. I want the period pieces that'll blow my mind. I want the Kind of Blue of medieval arrangements. The Sgt. Pepper of Egyptian royal music.
posted by Rory Marinich to Media & Arts (20 answers total) 36 users marked this as a favorite
Try The Waverly Consort. I think they meet your high standards.
posted by bearwife at 12:38 PM on August 11, 2010

Fretwork - Night's Black Bird (John Dowland and William Byrd)

Corelli - Concerti Grossi (start with the famous "Christmas Concerto," #8)
posted by Jaltcoh at 12:47 PM on August 11, 2010

Bach? Or too recent?
posted by valkyryn at 12:52 PM on August 11, 2010

Response by poster: I have more Bach than I could process in a lifetime.
posted by Rory Marinich at 12:55 PM on August 11, 2010

Many early music ensembles show up on the show Harmonia. Their website also posts playlists and whatnot, and they're probably worth a perusal.
posted by jquinby at 12:57 PM on August 11, 2010 fact, a recent Harmonia podcast covered the music of Shakespeare and Jonson.
posted by jquinby at 1:00 PM on August 11, 2010

Try Ancient FM.
posted by DandyRandy at 1:26 PM on August 11, 2010 [2 favorites]

John Dowland 1563 - 1626 lute player and composer. MP3's , videos and more.
posted by adamvasco at 1:29 PM on August 11, 2010

Also, have you listened to any Josquin des Prez? Heaven, I tell you, heaven.
posted by bearwife at 1:37 PM on August 11, 2010 [1 favorite]

Seconding the Fretwork rec. I'm a big Dowland fan.

Along those lines, also check out the Baltimore Consort. Their lute player, Ronn McFarlane, is fantastic. He also composes new music for the lute, which isn't what you're looking for but may be of interest anyway.

I'll have to go review my medieval music and come back with some recommendations.
posted by immlass at 3:22 PM on August 11, 2010

Musica Romana is an ensemble that recreates ancient instruments and music.

Seconding the Waverly Consort, des Prez and John Dowland.

You might want to check out this link from the International Study Group on Music Archeology.

I was going to suggest Chris Hogwood and the Academy of Ancient Music, but, upon further review, it does not appear that they really do any pre-baroque music.
posted by Lutoslawski at 3:38 PM on August 11, 2010

posted by run"monty at 4:17 PM on August 11, 2010

Anonymous 4 and their Hildegard von Bingen stuff is good: The Origin of Fire and 11000 Virgins.

I was a major midieval music nut in high school and listened to a lot of stuff from Nonesuch and Harmonia Mundi. That was a long time ago tho and the music industry has changed a lot.
posted by fiercekitten at 10:07 PM on August 11, 2010 [1 favorite]

Dammit - is chant choral? Sorry about that....
posted by fiercekitten at 10:08 PM on August 11, 2010

Ye sacred Muses
posted by decagon at 11:39 PM on August 11, 2010

Jordi Savall has made a lot of excellent recordings.

How about music by Marin Marais? Is he too Baroque for your taste?
posted by bassjump at 8:09 AM on August 12, 2010

If I were you I'd just go through the table of contents in the Norton Anthology of Western Music, as it runs from ancient to early to Baroque periods, with a pretty good sampling of the major/representative works from each period.
posted by invitapriore at 12:51 PM on August 12, 2010

Give Domenico Scarlatti a try, all 555 sonatas of them. I love this stuff from time to time and somehow I always had Dom down as a beer drinker. I really know nothing about his life, but if Camaro's where invented in the 18th century, Scarlatti would have driven one - believe me - with Farinelli riding shotgun. Cruising through Rome, at a cool speed of 10 mph, drinking sixpacks. They would have stopped at the drive through for chicken wings. Making fun of the police, whiping their greasy hands on their velvet pants, riding into the night, 'till they ran out of gas... Those were the days, my friend
posted by ouke at 2:07 AM on August 13, 2010

God damn, Scarlatti
posted by ouke at 2:08 AM on August 13, 2010

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