Hesperus presents The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Hesperus presents The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Hesperus, 2020
This story of a deaf, half-blind bell-ringer who loved a gypsy dancer was penned by French novelist Victor Hugo in 1831. Set in late 15th c. Paris, in the magnificent Cathedral of Notre Dame, in a climate of class warfare and revolution, The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a period piece with philosophical ties to the July revolution of 1830, which it shares with the author's later tour-de-force, Les Misérables. Beggars and nobles are pitted against one another, flogging and hanging are common, and the general population is overcome by callousness and indifference. Against this backdrop, the innocence of Esmeralda, devotion of Quasimodo and venality of Jéhan are magnified with telling effect.
This score for this 1923 silent film of The Hunchback of Notre Dame is comprised entirely of European medieval music written in the 12th-15th centuries, performed and recorded on period instruments by Hesperus.

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Johann Gottlieb Janitsch: Rediscoveries from the Sara Levy Collection

Johann Gottlieb Janitsch: Rediscoveries from the Sara Levy Collection

Tempesta di Mare
Chandos, 2017
Hesperus presents Robin Hood

Hesperus presents Robin Hood

Hesperus, 2017
Douglas Fairbanks' swashbuckling 1920 masterpiece is
Hesperus' musical triumph! Two hours of derring-do on DVD with an exciting, authentic score of English Renaissance music from the court of Henry VIII.

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The Topping Tooters of the Town: Music of the London Waits 1580-1650

The Topping Tooters of the Town: Music of the London Waits 1580-1650

The City Musick
Avie Records, 2017
“Why these are the city waits, who play every winter’s night through the streets to rouse each lazy drone to family duty. These are the topping tooters of the town, and have gowns, silver chains, and salaries, for playing “Lilliburlero" to my Lord Mayor’s horse through the city." This 1709 reference to a professional band of musicians conjures the thriving city of London in the 16th and 17th centuries. The band’s sound is replicated on this release by the modern-day namesake The City Musick directed by foremost expert in the field William Lyons (who is also director of the Grammy-nominated Dufay Collective). The drones of dulcians and cornetts, sackbuts and shawms, evoke the era’s civic events, theatrical productions and liturgal service, paying homage to the unsung talents of the Waits from the period when their reputation was at its zenith.
Piffaro and Friends: A 30th Anniversary Celebration

Piffaro and Friends: A 30th Anniversary Celebration

Piffaro
Piffaro Recordings, 2015
Piffaro celebrates 30 years of delighting audiences with a retrospective spanning its three decades of performances.
Nameless: Works by Matthew Greenbaum

Nameless: Works by Matthew Greenbaum

With Cygnus Ensemble, the Momenta String Quartet, violinist Miranda Cuckson, and sopranos Re'ut Ben-Ze'ev, Elizabeth Farnum, Julie Bishop, and Priscilla Herreid.
New Focus Recordings, 2015
Vivaldi: The Complete Viola D'Amore Concertos

Vivaldi: The Complete Viola D'Amore Concertos

Rachel Barton Pine with Ars Antigua
Cedille Records, 2015
Soli Deo Gloria - Cantatas of Johann Rosenmüller

Soli Deo Gloria - Cantatas of Johann Rosenmüller

Artek
Zefiro Recordings, 2014
The Mark of Zorro

The Mark of Zorro

Hesperus, 2012
Douglas Fairbanks' 1920 silent film accompanied by a lively and unconventional score of early Spanish and Native American Colonial music sung in Spanish, Quechua and Chilidugu and played on baroque guitar, vihuela, viola da gamba, early fiddle, recorder, shawm, dulcian and krumhorn.
Johann Sebastian Bach - Complete Motets

Johann Sebastian Bach - Complete Motets

Trinity Wall Street
Musica Omnia, 2011
Waytes: English Music for a Renaissance Band

Waytes: English Music for a Renaissance Band

Piffaro
Navona Records, 2010
Filled with late 16th century England’s musical riches – dances, solo masquing tunes, madrigals and motets. Featured composers include William Byrd and Thomas Weelkes.