In the Mode

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Every week on In the Mode, listeners travel back in time to the Renaissance and medieval eras to hear early music performed on with attention to authenticity. Host and producer of In the Mode, Kristina Herrick, has been involved in the performance and research of "ancient music" since the 1980s, and each week  shares with listeners some of the most exciting recorded performances of early music, often including folk and modern music as it can be related to the ancient forms.

It was only in the last century which wasn't very long ago, that performers started attempting to play ancient music they way it may have sounded originally, thus opening a whole new field of research, going backwards instead of into the future. Obviously, there is no way to hear how it sounded, but through paintings and literature, we can imagine the sound by seeing what instruments looked like, and descriptions of sounds in writings of the time. Some ancient instruments exist, and makers are creating good replicas today. We have manuscripts of old music, at first painstakingly copied by hand, then the invention of the printing press began a flood of accessible music after Petrucci printed the first collection Harmonie Musices Odhecaton (One Hundred Songs of Harmonic Music) in 1501.

Since about the 1950s, performers of and audiences for early music have grown consistently, charmed by the beauty and power of this music, the public and players alike falling in love with the tranquil eloquence of old instruments and playing styles. The Studio der Frühen Musik, Sequentia, New York Pro Musica, and the Early Music Consort of London were some of the first ensembles to record authentic performances of early music. Since then, a growing number of increasingly good ensembles are researching, performing and recording early music.

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In the Mode
11:57 am
Sun April 20, 2014

In the Mode: April 20, 2014

In the Mode will include the chant for Easter next time, “Ubi Caritas et Amor” sung by the Monks of Santo Domingo de Silos in Spain, and then  music by 20th century French composer Maurice Duruflé based on that chant, sung by the vocal ensemble Audite Nova. Also, a collaboration by three English composers, Sheppard, Byrd and Mundy in the last year before the final extinction of the Latin rite in England in 1558.  We’ll hear The Cardinall’s music perform In Exitu Israel.

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11:00 am
Sun April 13, 2014

In the Mode: April 13, 2014

Franco-Flemish composer John Richafort wrote his stunning Requiem for 6 voices to commemorate the death of his teacher, the great Josquin Desprez in 1521. He quotes some text and melodies of Josquin in the Missa pro Defunctis, that we will hear performed by the VOX early music ensemble, on In the Mode. 

 

CD TITLE: Josquin and the Lost Generation

PERFORMER: VOX Early Music Ensemble

CD label: Ancient Voice 001

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11:28 am
Sun April 6, 2014

In the Mode: April 6, 2014

Dancing was an everyday ritual at Renaissance courts, after supper, often lasting until the first morning light. Dance played a very important part in portraying civilized behavior and to persuade onlookers that the dancer is vigorous and healthy, it is a lot more than moving your feet, you can convey your emotions with a look or a touch. Next time on In the Mode, we’ll hear dances from Terpsichore by Praetorius, and songs too performed by Doulce Memoire.  CD title: Grand Bal a la cour d’Henri IVPerformer: Doulce MemoireCD label: harmonia mundi K617186 

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11:31 am
Sun March 30, 2014

In the Mode: March 30, 2014

It wasn’t always easy to find music to play when friends got together in early times, --couldn’t run to the copy machine, but there were part books for singers and often instrumentalists would use these—the words were still important.  We’ll hear the Sex Chordae Consort of viols play Monteverdi madrigals, Sunday at 12:06 on In the Mode.

CD title: Monteverdi: Terzo Libro

Performer: La Venexiana

CD label: Glossia 920910

CD title:  Claudio Monteverdi: Third Book of Madrigals for viol consort

Performer: Sex Chordae Consort of Viols

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In the Mode
11:09 am
Sun March 23, 2014

In the Mode: March 23, 2014

This week we will hear music played on an instrument that developed from the vihuela or Spanish guitar, it has 6 strings and frets, but is bowed, and held by the legs, someone called it a bowed guitar, we’ll explore the sound of the viola da gamba. CD Title                                             PERFORMER                       CD label Lawdes Deo                                        Hesperion XX                         ASTREE 8708 Odhecaton                                           Fretwork                                 HARMONIA MUNDI 907291 Four Seasons                            

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11:01 am
Sun March 16, 2014

In the Mode: March 16, 2014

The Lute was a most useful instrument in early times, it was important to have a lutenist at court to entertain, either to accompany singers telling tales, sometimes he was also the singer; the most important instrument for secular music in the Renaissance. There are many lutenists active today, and next time on In the Mode we’ll hear lute duets played by Ronn McFarlane and William Simms. 

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11:22 am
Sun March 9, 2014

In The Mode: March 9, 2014

We don’t usually hear music by Bach on In the Mode, he is just a little bit too young, but next time we will, because the recording featured is called Bach and Before.  Each of the composers featured were proponents of the stylus fantasticus, a term which had its roots initially in the improvisational and virtuosic style of organ toccatas and fantasias. We’ll hear Chatham Baroque perform music by Bach, Bertali, Schmelzer and Buxtehude.

CD Title: Bach and BeforePerformer: Chatham BaroqueCD label: Chatham Baroque CB002 

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11:37 am
Sun February 16, 2014

In the Mode: February 16, 2014

This time on In the Mode, hear music by Heinrich Schütz. He "created a new style of music after studying in Venice with Gabrieli and Monteverdi, a combination of his German experience with the Italian, and he influenced his countrymen Samuel Scheidt and Johann Hermann Schein with this new style. They were friends, with similar musical beginnings, Schein excelled in the madrigal style, Scheidt was more important as organist." 

TITLE – PERFORMER – CATALOG NUMBER

Tapestry - Paramount Brass - Centaur 2355

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In the Mode
11:54 am
Sun February 9, 2014

In the Mode: February 9, 2014

I will feature early German composers on the next two programs of In the Mode, there aren’t as many known German composers of the Renaissance as there are French, Italians, Brits and Netherlanders, but we have 3 who were born a year apart and knew each other, Schütz. Schein and Scheidt, Schütz being the most influential after studying with Giovanni Gabrieli in Italy and adding instruments to church music.

 

CD TITLE                                          PERFORMER                                   CD label

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11:24 am
Sun February 2, 2014

In the Mode: February 2, 2014

The consort of viols called Parthenia is featured next time on In the Mode, an ensemble in residence at Corpus Christi Church in New York.  The CD featured is called Within the Labyrinth, exploring a collection of music intending to reflect the healing and spiritual aspects of the Labyrinth-walking experience.  We’ll hear a suite of dances by Samuel Scheidt, a couple of Brownings, a fun form from Renaissance England-- and more. 

CD Title: Within the Labyrinth

Performer: Parthenia

CD label: available at www.parthenia.org

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In the Mode
11:56 am
Sun January 26, 2014

In the Mode: January 26, 2014

In the Mode will feature the lute---a bunch of lutes next time, voices too. We usually think of the lute as a solo instrument, or accompanying a singer, often the lutenist was both.  This program shows that lutes were frequently brought together into ensembles, most often duets, but sometimes the groups were larger, trios and quartets might have played for dancing, and masques. 

CD title:  Three, Four and Twenty Lutes

Performers: Jakob Lindberg, Robert Meunier, Nigel North, Paul O’Dette

CD label: MHS 512204

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4:58 pm
Sun January 19, 2014

In the Mode: January 19, 2014

Music of the Trecento next time on In the Mode.  14th century Italy was a strange time of contrasts-- wars, the black plague and the schism in the church with 2 popes –but at the same time a new creative surge in the arts was taking place.  Names that are still familiar; poets Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio, the painter Giotto and in music too, the most important being Francesco Landini.  

CD title: Rosa e Orticha

Performer: Ensemble Syntagma

CD label: CARPE DIEM 16287

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In the Mode
11:25 am
Sun January 12, 2014

In the Mode: January 12, 2014

Wildcat Viols will play for us next time on In the Mode. Members of the trio are three of San Francisco bay area’s favorite early string specialists, Joanna Blendulf, Julie Jeffrey and Elisabeth Reed. We’ll hear them play music by England’s Henry Purcell, hailed as the English Orpheus, the motto, “a greater musical genius England never had."  

CD title: Fairest Isle

Performer: Wildcat Viols

CD label: Wildcat Viols Fairest Isle

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12:00 pm
Sun January 5, 2014

In the Mode: January 5, 2014

This week on In the Mode, some especially beautiful choral music from the 16th to the 21st centuries.  We will hear eight completely different settings on the text O Magnum Mysterium which tells the wonderful story of the animals being the first to see the baby in the manger, from Byrd to Poulenc to Lauridsen, sung by diverse ensembles.  

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In the Mode
11:59 am
Sun December 29, 2013

In the Mode: December 29, 2013

Music heard in the new world about the baby boy in Bethlehem next time on In the Mode. By the 18th century, the Bogota Cathedral in Colombia was a major center for Western musical activity in South America, mostly due to the arrival of the Archbishop from Mexico who really encouraged the arts. It had an organ and a number of paid musicians on its staff, including both singers and instrumentalists and this religious music includes local folk elements.

In the Mode
12:01 pm
Sun December 15, 2013

In the Mode: December 15, 2013

Next time on In the Mode we’ll again hear Jordi Savall and the ensemble La Capella Reial de Catalunya with music by Bartomeu Carceres, an ensalada, literally a salad, or a bunch of stuff. This ensalada is called La Trulla, which is translated to hubbub, and begins with seven shepherds all from different places, who sing their praises to the Virgin and to Jesus in the crib in their respective languages.

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In the Mode
12:03 pm
Sun December 8, 2013

In the Mode: December 8, 2013

The next two programs on  In the Mode will feature music for the season from the 16th century Spanish court at Calabria—Villancicos and Ensaladas by Bartomeu Carceres,   performed by La Capella Reial de Catalunya, directed by the great Spanish viol player Jordi Savall and featuring his late wife, soprano Montserrat Figueras. A celebration of Spanish music, sacred and secular.

CD title: Bartomeu Càrceres Anonymes XVI siècle Villancicos & EnsaladasPerformer: Monteserrat Figueras, La Capella Reial de Catalunya, Jordi SavallCD label: ASTRÉE 9951 

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11:58 am
Sun December 1, 2013

In the Mode: December 1, 2013

A Worcester Lady mass, next time on In the Mode, sung by the women of Trio Medieval, though it is unlikely that women would have sung it originally, it was written by and for the 13th century Benedictine monks of the Abbey of St Mary’s at Worcester. The title "Ladymass" refers to the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin. Some of it was lost and has been reconstructed for Trio Mediaeval by a modern composer.  

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12:00 pm
Sun November 24, 2013

In the Mode: November 24, 2013

Dreams and Imaginations, Elizabethan music for voice and Consort of viols next time on In the Mode. The singer is known as a great Bach tenor, here singing music that came before Bach, his name is David Gordon, and he sings with Wendy Gillespie, Mary Springfels, Tina Chancey, Robert Eisenstein and Elaine Scott Banks, violas da gamba, the music by William Byrd, Tobias Hume, John Dowland and others.

CD Title: Dreames Imaginations

PERFORMER: David Gordon, Elaine Scott Banks, Tina Chancey, Robert Eisenstein, Wendy Gillespie, Mary Springfels

CD label: MHS 512390Y

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12:16 pm
Sun November 17, 2013

In the Mode: November 17, 2013

Alessandro Striggio was an Italian composer and Mantuan nobleman who split his time primarily between Mantua and Florence ruled by the Medicis, he was court composer and the Mass in 40 parts we’ll hear next time on In the Mode was a gigantic musical present from the Medicis to the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian II.  He wrote this in 1566 and it was believed lost until University of California Berkeley Music Professor and Davitt Moroney found it in Paris recently.

CD title: Alessandro Striggio Mass in 40 parts

Performer: I Faglioni

CD label: Decca B0015655

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