Ring in the New Year with some old but still wonderful music on Musica Antiqua! On Sunday, January 3, emeritus host John W. Barker will return to bring you a program featuring Bach’s cantata 143, Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele, which was written for New Year’s Day. He’ll start with a less familiar composer, Andreas Hammerschmidt, and his piece “Now we step into the New Year”, and continue with his customary wide range of composers and genres, including Lechner, Lassus, Neidhardt von Reuental, and others. The program will end with Biber’s glorious 54-part Plaudite Tympana and Scheidt’s motet “The old year is going away”.
On January 10, Alan Muirhead will review some of the many early music recordings released in 2015. The featured work will be Palestrina’s mass L’homme arme, which came out last year on volume 6 of The Sixteen’s series of Palestrina. You’ll also hear several tracks each from 2015 releases from Tasto Solo, the Newberry Consort, Piffaro, Marc Lewon and Ensemble Leones, and Les Voix Humaines with Susie Napper and Margaret Little. And he’ll sneak in Fantasticus, the late 2014 release by Quicksilver which has now been nominated for a Grammy.
Muisca Antiqua is on every Sunday from 8:00-11:00am. Happy listening, and Happy New Year to all!