John Fleagle – World Bliss – Canzoni medievali d’amore e di morte

Singer/instrumentalist John Fleagle created some of the most lyrical and inventive performances of medieval song. With a background in jazz and traditional singing, his voice captivated audiences at festivals around the world.

His contemporary style of interpretation breathed life into poems some seven or eight hundred years old–be they in Old French, Latin, Middle English or Gaelic. He fashioned compelling arrangements of his songs on beautiful reconstructions of medieval stringed instruments: lute, gothic harp and hurdy-gurdy, which he also designed and built.

Fleagle is well known to radio audiences here and abroad for his epic musical storytelling adventures, including the Voyage of Saint Brendan and the Roman de Silence. He can be heard, as well, on Erato, New Albion and BMG records.
[hifi lofi] Play all tracks as an m3u audio stream (or xspf, ogg, mp3 file)
[hifi lofi] 01-Alysoun (4:07)
[hifi lofi] 02-Blow Northerne Wynd (3:18)
[hifi lofi] 03-Da Day Dawn (2:08)
[hifi lofi] 04-Twa Corbies (1:54)
[hifi lofi] 05-Death and the Lady (2:47)
[hifi lofi] 06-Winter Wakeneth (2:31)
[hifi lofi] 07-Nou Shrinketh Rose (5:16)
[hifi lofi] 08-Doon da Rooth (1:47)
[hifi lofi] 09-O Speculum Spericum (2:44)
[hifi lofi] 10-The Hern (5:27)
[hifi lofi] 11-Maiden in the Moor (1:47)
[hifi lofi] 12-Worldes Blis (4:42)
[hifi lofi] 13-George Collins (3:36)
[hifi lofi] 14-Nottamun Town (2:56)
[hifi lofi] 15-I Have a Yong Suster (3:04)

Worlds Bliss – Medieval Songs of Love and Death by John Fleagle


Jack London – Dutch Courage

“Just our luck!”

Gus Lafee finished wiping his hands and sullenly threw the towel upon the rocks. His attitude was one of deep dejection. The light seemed gone out of the day and the glory from the golden sun. Even the keen mountain air was devoid of relish, and the early morning no longer yielded its customary zest.

“Just our luck!” Gus repeated, this time avowedly for the edification of another young fellow who was busily engaged in sousing his head in the water of the lake.

“What are you grumbling about, anyway?” Hazard Van Dorn lifted a soap-rimmed face questioningly. His eyes were shut. “What’s our luck?”

“Look there!” Gus threw a moody glance skyward. “Some duffer’s got ahead of us. We’ve been scooped, that’s all!” Continue reading

Antonio Vivaldi – Le Quattro Stagioni – American Baroque

American Baroque - Archivio Magnatune

Some of the world’s finest masters of the Baroque repertoire perfom a fresh, lilting interpretation of Vivaldi’s most beloved work. The ensemble’s highest technical command is met with a poetic grasp of the music, with lead violinist Elizabeth Blumenstock’s amazing “hair trigger virtuosity” always pushing the group toward new vistas of expressiveness.


The Four Seasons by Vivaldi by American Baroque

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Quattro strumenti per archi e strumenti a fiato – American Baroque

Both elegant and vivacious, this recording of four Mozart quartets showcases the incredible unity and musicianship that American Baroque has accomplished as an ensemble. A refreshing, uplifiting album with tight, nimble performances.

[hifi lofi] Play all tracks as an m3u audio stream (or xspf, ogg, mp3 file)
[hifi lofi] 01-Oboe Quartet in F (K370) – Allegro (6:34)
[hifi lofi] 02-Oboe Quartet in F (K370) – Adagio (3:22)
[hifi lofi] 03-Oboe Quartet in F (K370) – Rondeau (4:10)
[hifi lofi] 04-Quartet in G (K285a) – Andante (9:10)
[hifi lofi] 05-Quartet in G (K285a) – Tempo di Menuetto (3:29)
[hifi lofi] 06-Flute Quartet in C (K285b) – Allegro (5:54)
[hifi lofi] 07-Flute Quartet in C (K285b) – Theme and Variations (10:06)
[hifi lofi] 08-Oboe Quartet in F after K496 – Allegro (9:24)
[hifi lofi] 09-Oboe Quartet in F after K496 – Andante (7:04)
[hifi lofi] 10-Oboe Quartet in F after K496 – Allegretto (7:36)

Mozart 4 Quartets for Strings and Winds by American Baroque