Music

Thomas Binkley was an American lutenist and early music scholar. He founded and led the famous "Studio der Frühen Musik" in 1960 in Munich which performed and recorded early music for twenty years. This Continuum presents excerpts from two of the ensembles famous CDs directed by Binkley. The music is from the repertoire of the troubadours and trouveres and from the famous Carmina Burana. Recordings used are; Troubadours, Trouveres & Minstrels (Studio der Frühen Musik) - Teldec 4509-97938-2, and Carmina Burana (Studio der Frühen Musik) -Teldec 4509-95521-2

Many movies of great note have used early music in the sound tracks or to accompany the story line. This Continuum presents music from four of these movies including “Henry VIII and His Six Wives” and “Tous les Matins du Monde”. Performances are by outstanding early music ensembles. Recordings used are: Henry VIII and His Six Wives (Early Music Consort of London) - Testament SBT 1250, Tous les Matins du Monde (Jordi Savall et al) - Valois V 4640, Jeanne la Pucelle (La Capella Reial et al) - Auvidis Travelling K 1006, and Farinelli (Les Talens Lyriques et al) - Auvidis Travelling K1005.

One of the most important early music manuscripts is the Las Huelgas Codex dating from around 1300. It originated and still remains in the Cistercian convent of Santa María la Real de Las Huelgas in Burgos, in northern Spain. The convent was a wealthy one which had connections with the royal family of Castile.

Claire Jones.
John Oakley

Farrar Hudkins speaks with Welsh-born harpist Claire Jones.


Quartetto di Cremona has been performing Beethoven’s string quartet repertoire regularly since 2014, when they performed the complete Beethoven quartet cycle in Milan. Riding the heels of that concert success, they went into the studio to record all of Beethoven’s quartets.

Banjos Lost and Found

Apr 6, 2016

From the earliest blues and minstrel tunes to clawhammer bluegrass and forward to newgrass, the banjo has been a part of American music. This week we visit with New Orleans Creole jazzman Don Vappie and hear how the instrument is used in New Orleans traditional jazz. And feel the zeitgeist as San Diego-based Nickel Creek come by for a live set and talk about building onto their bluegrass base and moving beyond.

Continuum presents excepts of recordings by The Boston Camerata. The ensemble became very active beginning in 1974 under the direction of Joel Cohen and remains to be one of the oldest early music ensembles in the U.S. Besides the usual early music repertoire the ensemble also has recorded early New World American music, heard on this program.

Hard Road Pictures

‘Levee Acoustics’ is an outdoor, acoustic music video series that highlights local musicians and physical landmarks in New Orleans. Each performance takes place somewhere on or near or the levee along the Mississippi River, honoring the significance of the waterway that snakes its way throughout the city. The musicians choose their own material and location to play along the Mississippi, giving them the chance to honor a site that is meaningful on a personal level, and offer their audience a more intimate look into sources of spatial inspiration.

This Continuum features Baroque music mostly by Spanish composers and in a variety of performing manners, including ensembles, vocal soloists and instrumentalists. The music is not from the usual Baroque repertoire normally heard. Recordings used are: Rebelo and Melgas (The Sixteen, Harry Christopher) - Collins Digital 14652, Spanish Baroque Music (Figueras, Savall & Koopman) - Philips 432 822-2, Juan Manuel de la Puente (Al Eyre Espano) - Almaviva DSI 0102, and Poema Harmonico (Hopkinson Smith) - Astree E8722

David Egan.
Denny Culbert

Our afternoon with David Egan at KRVS in Lafayette is one of my favorite afternoons, ever. Having listened to nearly all of what he’d written or recorded, I’d come from New Orleans with an iPod filled with Egan songs and a pile of questions.

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