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.

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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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In the Mode
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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12:16 pm
Sun November 10, 2013

In the Mode: November 10, 2013

Flutist Mindy Rosenfeld and lutenist Ronn McFarlane will be featured next time on In the Mode. Their brand new CD gathers some of their favorite, mostly Scottish music, Mindy calls it “a musical feast with a wide cross section of styles, both ‘folk and fyne,’ evocative and expressive of the variety and intensity of human feelings, from sparky, joyful fun to deeper meditative inner reflection”.

CD title:  Nine Notes that Shook the World

PERFORMERS: Ronn McFarlane and Mindy Rosenfeld

CD label: Sono Luminus DSL 92169

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In the Mode
12:42 pm
Sun November 3, 2013

In the Mode: November 3, 2013

The ensemble Constantinople has a very interesting combination of instruments—voice too, exploring the oral traditions of Mediterranean cultures and the musical manuscripts of the Middle Ages. This project takes us to the New World with music from Mexico, with much of it exploring the poetry of what they call Latin America’s first major poet, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. 

CD title: Premiers Songes – Early Dreams

PERFORMER: Constantinople &  Francoise Atlan

CD label: ANALEKTA 9989

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In the Mode
12:33 pm
Sun October 27, 2013

In the Mode: October 27, 2013

The music heard on In the Mode is usually from the Renaissance and medieval eras, but next time we’ll hear some Early American music, some of it from the very first book published in the colonies, called The whole book of psalms faithfully translated into English Metre, 1640. We’ll also hear the ensemble Cantus sing some Spirituals and songs from The sacred harp and Southern harmony Songbooks. 

CD title: That Eternal Day

PERFORMER: Cantus

CD label: Cantus recordings CTS-1210, cantusonline.org

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In the Mode
11:09 am
Sun October 20, 2013

In the Mode: October 20, 2013

Let’s pretend we’re going to the Coronation of Doge Marino Grimani at St. Marks in Venice in 1595, and imagine the grandeur and excitement of the ceremony there, the beautiful mosaic decoration, fabulous works of art and magnificent music with the many choir lofts and organs. The Gabrieli Consort and Players have reconstructed the ceremony.  

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In the Mode
11:44 am
Sun October 13, 2013

In the Mode: October 13, 2013

Next time on In the Mode, music from the court of Maximilian II of Hapsburg who was Holy Roman Emperor from 1564 to 1576. Music was an essential part of life at court, lots of music was needed for many special occasions. Ferdinand established a chapel for his children and by 1551, Maximilian’s chapel had its own musical establishment, Jacobus Vaet was Kapellmeister. We’ll hear his music performed by Cinquecento. 

In the Mode
10:40 am
Sun September 29, 2013

In the Mode: September 29, 2013

In the last program of the series featuring Trio Medieval, the women investigate their Scandinavian roots, with some medieval and later folk songs.  They are joined by percussionist Birger Mistereggen, a specialist in the rare Norwegian folk-drum tradition. Some of the medieval ballads have survived mostly because of the stories they tell. One of the singers says—“none of us grew up as a folk musicians, but we were surrounded by folk music.  These are songs we have known since childhood”. 

CD Title: Trio Mediaeval Folk Songs

In the Mode
12:19 pm
Sun September 22, 2013

In the Mode: September 22, 2013

We’ll hear modern music on the usually early music program In the Mode next time. Again featuring Trio Mediaeval, singing a Mass written specifically for the 3 women in 2002 by Korean-born composer Sungji Hong. In this Missa Lumen de Lumine she uses the fundamental structure of the Mass Ordinary with some early chants hidden in the contemporary music. 

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In the Mode
12:16 pm
Sun September 15, 2013

In the Mode: September 15, 2013

Trio Medieval with English and French music of the 13th and 14th centuries next time on In the Mode, some very early music, the earliest that we have a composers name for, Perotin of the Notre Dame school, he flourished around 1200. Also, a combination of English and Latin in a 13th century motet from England, Dou Way Robin/ Sancta Mater an arrangement by the trio.

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In the Mode
12:00 pm
Sun September 8, 2013

In the Mode: September 8, 2013

In the Mode will continue to feature "Trio Mediaeval", one Swedish and two Norwegian women, again with a mix of medieval and modern music. The early music is by 14th century English composer Leonel Power, then Kyrie, composed in 2002 by Ukranian composer Oleh Harkavyy, specifically for Trio Mediaeval.  

In the Mode
12:28 pm
Sun September 1, 2013

In the Mode: September 1, 2013

The next few programs of In the Mode will feature Trio Mediaeval.  Next Sunday the Scandinavian women sing some very old-- and some very new sacred music that was written for them-- 14th century polyphony found in the great Tournai Cathedral  in Belgium and music composed 600 years later by Ivan Moody.  

In the Mode
5:23 pm
Sun August 25, 2013

In the Mode: August 25, 2013

“Ave Maris Stella”, Hail, Star of the sea is a plainsong Vespers hymn to Mary. It was especially popular in the Middle Ages and settings of the text have been made by many other composers. Seems we are unsure of who created the original, the text is found in 9th century manuscripts. Next time on In the Mode we’ll hear several settings of Ave Maris Stella.  

In the Mode
12:54 pm
Sun August 18, 2013

In the Mode: August 18, 2013

Next time on In the Mode we’ll hear music with roots back to the sibyls of antiquity. The Hilliard Ensemble sings Prophetiae Sibyllarum by Orlando di Lasso.  Words that are attributed to the sibyls, supposedly telling of the coming of Christ, but are actually by early Christians. We don’t really know what the sibyls said, we only know that they gave doom-laden predictions in Greek verse. 

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In the Mode
12:00 pm
Sun August 11, 2013

In the Mode: August 11, 2013

Vocal music by Henry Purcell next time on In the Mode.  He lived only 36 years, but wrote a lot of incredible diverse music, considered the most original composer of his day.  In his short time he worked in Westminster for 3 different kings, became organist at Westminster Abbey when he was 20.  He died in 1695 and was buried beneath the organ there. I’m Kristina Herrick, please join me for some beautiful vocal music by Henry Purcell.

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12:24 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

In the Mode: August 4, 2013

Vocal music by Henry Purcell next time on in the Mode.  He lived only 36 years, but wrote a lot of incredible diverse music, considered the most original composer of his day.  In his short time he worked in Westminster for 3 different kings, became organist at Westminster Abbey when he was 20.  He died in 1695 and was buried beneath the organ there. I’m Kristina Herrick, please join me for some beautiful vocal music by Henry Purcell.

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