A time capsule meant to show the musical precedents that set the stage for German Baroque music, namely the works of J.S. Bach.
Thirty years' worth of live performances round out this anniversary retrospective!
Piffaro's artistic directors have selected the choicest performances of music from a decade of holiday concerts featuring instrumental and vocal music from 16th and 17th century Germany, England, France and Mexico. Joyous and reflective, sacred and profane, mass movements and dances, some familiar tunes and some new discoveries – this is music that will refresh and delight your ears.
Navona Records, 2012, NV5875 Toe-tapping and finger-snapping rhythms in the many villancicos, dances, fantasias, and motets that grace this latest Piffaro album, as The Spanish wind players travel to the New World!
Navona Records, 2010, NV 5823 Filled with late 16th century England’s musical riches – dances, solo masquing tunes, madrigals and motets. Featured composers include William Byrd and Thomas Weelkes.
Navona Records, 2008, NV 5809 Spectacular, acclaimed contemporary work for Renaissance instruments and chorus by composer Kile Smith. With choir, The Crossing.
Piffaro Recordings, 2007 Featuring mellow recorder consorts from soprano to contrabass, accompanied on occasion by lute and harp, this is a compilation disk from Piffaro’s Dorian recordings. It includes newly recorded songs as well.
Piffaro Recordings, 2005 Live performances from 8 seasons of Piffaro’s Philadelphia holiday concerts. English, Spanish, French and German favorites, many featuring soprano Laura Heimes.
Eufoda, 2005, 1361 A collaboration with Belgium’s outstanding Capilla Flamenca, this CD features Jacob Obrecht’s secular, Dutch songs and instrumental compositions. Won numerous awards in Europe.
Piffaro Recordings, 2005 Celebrating 20 years of concerts, with a live performance from each season, 1985 to 2005, and featuring renowned guest artists and ensembles, along with every combination of Piffaro’s instruments!
Dorian Recordings, 2003, 90312 Celebrating the “Golden Age of Florence”, and re-imagining the music of the moving tableaux (parades) so popular during the reign of Lorenzo the Magnificent. With The Concord Ensemble’s 5 male singers.
Dorian Recordings, 2002, 90301 Piffaro celebrates the the 500th anniversary of the first volume of music printed from moveable type in 1501, with samplings from that collection of 96 popular songs of the day.
This CD ranges from the early song settings of the 15th century Glogauer Liederbuch to Ludwig’s Senfl’s imaginative and virtuosic Tenorlieder, including the famous 4 part T’andernaken. Piffaro’s own settings of popular tunes make a prominent appearance as well.
Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft, Archiv Produktion, 1999, 457 609-2 Flemish composers set the standard & were in demand throughout 16th century Europe. Motets and chansons by these Flemish masters are interspersed with Tylman Susato’s lively dances.
Instrumental and vocal riches from 16th century Spain – all on Piffaro’s many winds and strings. Includes Piffaro’s own arrangements of dances and popular tunes.
Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft, Archiv Produktion, 1996, 447 107-2 French chansons with spirited dances from Attaignant and Moderne. Includes Gombert’s hauntingly beautiful Musae Jovis, a lament on the death of Josquin.
Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft, Archiv Produktion, 1995, 445 883-2 Piffaro’s 1st for world-renowned Deutsche Grammophon. Instrumental canzonas, madrigals, motets, dances & virtuosic fantasies.
Newport Classic, 1994, NPD 85567 From France and the low countries, to Italy and Spain. A potpourri of Piffaro favorites, it includes dances, songs and canzonas.