Programs tagged with: Orlandus Lassus

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Music is the Cure!

Program: #21-03, Air Date: 01/11/21

Music from times of plague from the Middle Ages to the early Baroque, with some curative sounds added in.

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Italian Renaissance Love Music

Program: #20-46, Air Date: 11/02/20

Madrigals of Love and Affliction, love songs for Isabella d’Este, and secret love messages.

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Bo Holten’s Return to Early Music

Program: #18-22, Air Date: 05/21/18

The Danish composer and conductor has a great range of interests; happily early music is one. His latest CDs with his ensemble Music Ficta feature music of Gesualdo and the Lassus St. Matthew Passion.

All of the music on this program comes from the recent early music work of Bo Holten: Upon completing his studies in musicology at the University of Copenhagen and bassoon at the Royal Academy of Music, Bol Holten established his reputation as a conductor of early music vocal groups, first with Ars Nova which he formed in 1979 and later with Musica Ficta formed in 1996. He has an international reputation as a leading specialist in early music, especially in vocal polyphony. Musica Ficta have proved to be a dominant force in Danish musical life and one of the finest vocal ensembles in Europe having given over 250 concerts and theatre performances, and released multiple recordings. Bo Holten has been a guest conductor with a wide range of ensembles and choirs in Scandinavia and abroad, and in 2007 he was appointed chief conductor of the Flemish Radio Choir. He has composed over 100 works including symphonies, solo concertos, works for chorus and orchestra, operas, and musicals. He has also written works for chamber ensembles, song cycles, and pieces for percussion ensemble, as well as scores for films and television series. Among his most widely performed works are the 30 a cappella works which span his composing career. In autumn 2014, Bo Holten staged his second Gesualdo opera Gesualdo – Shadows, and in 2018 he completed his grand opera on Martin Luther, Schlagt sie tot!

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Three 16th Century Recordings

Program: #16-03, Air Date: 01/11/16

Secular music from the Naxos family of recordings with popular songs of Italy, lute music of Poland, and music for wealthy gentlemen.

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