The Early Music Collection

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The Early Music Collection
Various performers from the vast Naxos catalogue

[ Naxos / 30 CD Box Set ]

Release Date: Friday 14 June 2019

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The Early Music Collection is a wide-ranging survey that traces the history of Western music from plain chant, the music of the Catholic Church, through polyphony, to the end of the 17th century. It includes leading ensembles and instrumentalists.

Many of the individual albums have been critically lauded. Recent years have brought a vast expansion in our understanding and knowledge of early music periods. There has been investigation into the repertoire and techniques of other ages, coupled with a movement that has favored the use of instruments and ways of playing them that are more or less authentic.

Even where surviving historical instruments or modern reproductions of them are not used, the styles of performance have been influenced. Above all the myth of unending progress has been abandoned in favor of an evaluation of each period and type of music on its own terms. Early Music, in fact, has become a flourishing industry, stimulated by the remarkable growth in production and distribution of early music. For our present purposes we limit the term Early Music to cover a period ranging from plainchant to the end of the 17th century.

The period that followed, the age of Bach and Handel and the great synthesis of the Late Baroque, is generally more familiar to listeners and is, in any case, another story.

"A whopping 30-disc set that provides an essential starting point for anyone wishing to hone their understanding of the genre…The accompanying booklet itself offers concise and clear detail, as well as a really useful timeline of composers and parallel historical detail." BBC Music


CD 1
Adorate Deum: Gregorian Chant from the Proper of the Mass

CD 2
Hildegard of Bingen - Heavenly Revelations

CD 3
Music of the Troubadours

CD 4
Neidhart - A Minnesinger and his 'Vale of Tears'

CD 5
Carmina Burana

CD 6
Machaut - Messe de Nostre Dame

CD 7
Argentum et Aurum

CD 8
Dufay - Chansons

CD 9
Ockeghem - Requiem

CD 10
Music from the Eton Choirbook

CD 11
Missa Conceptio tua

CD 12
A-La-Mi-Re Manuscripts

CD 13
Anchieta - Missa Sine nomine

CD 14

CD 15
Josquin Desprez - Missa L'Homme armé

CD 16
Luis de Milán - Music for Vihuela (+ Luis de Narváez)

CD 17
Tallis - Spem in alium

CD 18
Palestrina - Missa Papae Marcelli

CD 19
Lassus - Lagrime di San Pietro

CD 20
Byrd - Complete Fantasias for Harpsichord

CD 21

Gabrieli - Music for Brass Vol.2

CD 22
Elizabethan Songs and Consort Music

CD 23
Sweelinck - Organ Works

CD 24
Dowland - Pavans, Galliards and Almains

CD 25
Gesualdo - Madrigals, Book 1

CD 26
Campion - Lute Songs

CD 27
Monteverdi - Madrigals, Book 5

CD 28
Tomkins - Consort Music for Viols and Voices

CD 29
The Guerra Manuscript Vol. 1

CD 30
Lawes - Consort Music for Viols, Lute and Theorbos