classical music

Dr. James Boldin, associate professor of music at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, recently published “Solo Duet Training for Horns,” a collection of instructive duets for the French horn.

The unicorn is a legendary animal that has been described since antiquity. But it is also the name of an outstanding early music ensemble from Austria.

This week on Continuum you'll hear music from three of the Unicorn Ensemble's CDs, including the Cantigas de Santa Maia of Alfonso X and the 12th century Carmina Burana. CDs used are Alfonso X, Cantigas de Santa Maria - Naxos 8.553133; Carmina Burana - Naxos 8.554837; and Chominciamento di Gioia - Naxos 8.553131

Continuum this week will present part two of a program devoted to music from Ottaviano Petrucci's historic music publication, "Harmonice Musices Odehcaton," the first printed sheet music document, published in 1501.

The performers will be New York Pro Musica and the ensemble Fretwork. CDs used are: Petrucci - The First Printer of Music (New York Pro Musica) - copy of LP Decca Records DL 79435 and Harmonice Musices Odehcaton (Fretwork) - Harmonia Mundi HMU 907291.

Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee

This week on Inside the Arts, the 4th annual Birdfoot Festival gets underway. Chamber music will fill venues across the city. The festival will also mark the 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina with Waterlines: A Hymn for New Orleans, a musical journey incorporating spoken word and poetry.

Then, the New Orleans Opera Association is launching a youth vocal competition targeting sophomores, juniors and seniors in high schools across Louisiana.

And, Central City remembers favorite son and nationally acclaimed sculptor Jeffrey Cook with an exhibition and reception.

Continuum this week will present a program of dances from medieval times to the present performed by a wandering minstrel ensemble called "Wolgemut."

The name is from an old German word meaning "being in a good mood." All of the dances feature early instruments such as bagpipes, rauschpfeife, recorders and medieval drums and percussion. The recording used is Danza - GEMA w-cd 003.

On Continuum this week will be a special program devoted the Gregorian Chant, from a ten-CD set of the History of Music.

Specifically, this volume covers musical Europe in the era of Gregorian unification. Performers included Anonymous 4, The Deller Consort, Ensemble Organum, and The Theatre of Voices.

The recording used is Harmonia Mundi Volume 3 of the Century Collection (no catalog number given).

This week on Continuum you'll hear two very different performances of the earliest known song cycle, Cantigas de Amigo, by the mid 13th century composer Martin Codax.

The "La, La, La, La"  name of this week's Continuum program is based on the names of the four CDs featured on the program, all beginning with "La."

These are four very different selections of early music, each with a different early music ensemble. The CDs used are: La Folia (Jordi Savall et al) - Alia Vox AV 9805; La Messe  des Fous (Barry Hayward Consort) - BNL BNL112746; La Dolce Vita (King's Singers & Tragicomedia) - EMI CDC  7 541 91 2; and La Bele Marie (Anonymous 4) - Harmonia Mundi HMU 907312.

The instrumental consort music of English 17th century composer Anthony Holborne will be featured this week on Continuum.

You'll hear many of his dances, including pavans, galliards and almaynes with interesting titles including "The Honeysuckle" and "The Fairie Round." The outstanding performances will be given by The King's Noyse under the director of David Douglas.

Recording used is: My Selfe - The Music of Anthony Holborne (The King's Noyse) - Harmonia Mundi HMU 907238.

This week on Continuum you'll hear medieval music related to the 12th century Celtic legend of Tristan and Isolde. It is this legend that inspired Richard Wagner to write his monumental music drama.

This is a recording of a production of this legend given by The Boston Camerata. Selections will include related music of the troubadours and trouveres and the medieval Carmina Burana. Recordings used are Tristan & Iseult (The Boston Camerata) - Erato ECD 75528 and A L'Estampida (The Dufay Collective) - Continuum CCD 1042.

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