Category: Renaissance

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Guitar Collection
Nigel North, Historic Guitars, Maggie Cole, Virginals and fortepiano

Early music authority on early guitars and lutes, Nigel North performs music of each period on beautiful Renaissance, Baroque, Classical and Romantic period guitars with Maggie Cole-virginals and fortepiano. Four centuries of guitars and guitar music by Carulli, Sor, Giuliani, Visee, Mertz, Sanz, Mudarra, Milan, Narvaez & Corbetta. An ideal introduction to the world of the guitar as well as for the collector.
Oboe Collection
Robin Canter with Melvyn Tan (harpsichord), Richard Burnett (fortepianos), Anthony Pleeth (cello) and James Wood (percussion)

Evolution of the oboe from primitive folk instruments (hichiriki, dulzaina, zurna, bombarde, shawm) to the sophisticated oboe of today with music by Marais, C.P.E. Bach, Kalliwoda, Walmisley, Pasculli + folk pieces from Spain, Japan, Turkey, France and England.
Josquin des Prez / Pierre de la Rue
The New London Chamber Choir

Outstanding Flemish polyphonic choral works performed by The New London Chamber Choir. The rich and dark beauty of the Missa Pro Defunctis (Pierre de la Rue), contrasts with the complex and daring polyphony of Josquin's Hercules Mass and the introspective Deploration de Johannes Ockeghem.
Trumpet Collection
The Clarion Ensemble

The Clarion Ensemble demonstrate the various instruments of the trumpet family & their development. Cornetto, baroque trumpet, slide trumpet, keyed bugle, posthorn, cornopean, cornet & valved trumpet with an ensemble including the virtuoso singing of Deborah Roberts. Works by Fantini, Monteverdi, Purcell, Frescobaldi, Scarlatti, Bishop, etc. trace the evolution of the trumpet family from Renaissance to modern times
Bassoon Collection
Frances Eustace, Dulzian, bassoons

Frances Eustace demonstrates the capabilities of a wide range of bassoons with dulzian, cello, organ, harpsichord and pianos.
Harp Collection
Frances Kelly, harps

Early music harp expert Frances Kelly traces the development of the harp from the simple medieval instrument, via gothic, double and triple harps to the modern double action harp. She brings each harp to life with suitable music of its day.
Now What Is Love?
Glenda Simpson, mezzo-soprano, Barry Mason, lute, Baroque guitar & chitarrone

The Brightest Heaven of Invention
New London Chamber Choir

Polyphonic ingenuity reached its height in these 15th century Flemish choral works. The music not only achieves the greatest technical mastery but is also of great beauty
The Secret Music of Luzzasco Luzzaschi
Musica Secreta

Some of the most florid and virtuosic music for voices ever written; commissioned by Alfonso II, Duke of Ferrara in 1601 for his private trio of the most eminent sopranos of the day to perform to a select few in the inner sanctum of the ducal palace. Renowned early music singers Musica Secreta now reveal the beauties of this music and give masterly performances of this exciting secret music of the 'Ladies of Ferrara'.
Worcester Fragments
The Orlando Consort

Barbara Strozzi - La virtuosissima cantatrice
Musica Secreta, Deborah Roberts (DR) soprano, Suzie le Blanc (SLB) soprano, Mary Nichols (MN) alto, Kasia Elsner (KE) theorbo by Klaus Jokobsen, 1991, after Tieffenbrucker, John Toll (JT) harpsichord by Ransom, London, 1990, after 17th C Italian models

The extravagant and dramatic vocal music of 17th century Italian singer and composer Barbara Strozzi is an ideal vehicle for the talents of the virtuoso early music singers who make up Musica Secreta. A rare chance to hear an all-woman vocal group singing the music of a female Renaissance composer.
A Golden Treasury of Renaissance Music

A grand tour of the finest Renaissance music of England, Italy, Germany, France, the Low Countries and Spain performed by leading early music groups and musicians. The album is a compilation drawn from our catalogue and serves as an excellent introduction to the fine music of this period.
A Golden Treasury of Ancient Instruments

An incredible array of wind, keyboard, brass & string instruments from mediaeval, renaissance & baroque times: pipe & tabor, shawms, rauschpfeifen, bombarde, crumhorns, recorders, renaissance flutes, chalumeau, early trumpets, clarinets, oboe & bassoon, dulzian, smallpipes, racket, virginal, spinet, clavichord, harpsichord, regal, cornett, busine, sackbut, serpent, hurdy-gurdy, vielle, rebec, viols, lute,vihuela, renaissance guitar, cittern, gittern, chitaronne, theorbo, arch cittern, mediaeval harp, gothic harp and double harp.

Amon Ra is the classical division of Saydisc Records and is devoted to authentic performances on original instruments or copies. The unifying feature of all the music in this double album is its calm and tranquil nature. There is still enormous variety within this narrow framework in terms of period of music, instrumentation and style.
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Music From St. Clement Danes
The St. Clement Danes Chorale, Martindale Sidwell, organ, John Wilbraham, trumpet

The beautiful church of St. Clement Danes in the Strand is the central church of The Royal Air Force. They have a long tradition of high quality music making as demonstrated by this album of choral music.
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Music From The Time Of Richard III
The York Waits

The York Waits recreate the sound of the more public, outdoor music of mediaeval times with their ensemble of ancient cornett, shawms, crumhorns, hurdy-gurdy, sackbut, bagpipes, recorders, lute, slide trumpet and harp. Spirited instrumental performances of the popular music of mediaeval England, the Low Countries, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.
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Christmas Now Is Drawing Near
Sneak's Noyse / The City Waits

30 of the most beautiful traditional English folk carols performed in an authentic rural style with original instrument accompaniment.
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English Country Dances
The Broadside Band

The Broadside Band recreate the excitement and colour of the country dance of yesteryear with spirited performances of these quintessentially English tunes gleaned from the 17th century publications of John Playford. Suitable for listening or dancing Playford style.
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Old Christmas Return'd
The York Waits with Richard Wistreich (bass)

The music and song of Christmas past from renowned early music bass singer, Richard Wistreich with the ancient shawms, sackbuts, cornetts, hurdy-gurdies, recorders and bagpipes of The York Waits.
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Spanish Guitar Quartets
The English Guitar Quartet

What music could be more suited to the guitar than the fiery music of Spain! And who more suited to perform it than The English Guitar Quartet. Finesse and fire imbue
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English National Songs
The Broadside Band, with John Potter and Lucie Skeaping

The Broadside Band with John Potter & Lucie Skeaping. 21 songs encapsulating the most typical and popular songs from the late renaissance of Greensleeves to the Victorian nostalgia of Home sweet home.
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Pleasures and Treasures

The Music Includes world music, traditional British music, early classical music on original instruments, novelty numbers, jazz, music hall, musical boxes, guitar quartets, saxophone quartet, brass group, viol consorts, choral music and chant, handbells and church bells, poetry and readings - from mediaeval times to the present day. This double album forms part of Saydisc’s 50th Anniversary celebration releases and is drawn from recordings made over the years from mono open reel recording to high quality stereo digital.
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Christmas Music Through The Ages

A celebration of festive music with 50 pieces from the 6th to 20th centuries. Choirs, folk ensembles and soloists, handbell choir, brass band, viol consort, monks and nuns, musical boxes, street pianos, bagpipes, renaissance instruments, early music performers. This double set forms part of Saydisc’s 50th Anniversary celebration releases. It is the ultimate Christmas compilation spanning so many centuries and styles and will surely become a classic Saydisc release year on year.
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Harps, Dulcimers & Hurdy Gurdies
Harps, Dulcimers & Hurdy Gurdies from Great Britain, Ireland, North America, China, Middle East, France, Italy and the Low Countries