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Welcome to the world of the Naxos Early Music Catalogue.

Saints and Sinners and The Wayward Sisters aren't as dubiously connected as may at first seem, but their music is certainly integral to the great panoply of life as witnessed by the sounds of the Mediaeval, Renaissance and early Baroque periods.

Music for the church, for the royal court and for the public stage left an extraordinary legacy of vocal and instrumental music for us to enjoy. May we introduce you to it?

Naxos 8.501067 [10 CD Boxed Set]
The Music of Medieval and Renaissance Europe

Various Artists

In this collection of recordings, ‘early’ means what it says. This is a journey through the music world of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. It ends with those composers and those pieces of music that, around 1600, were shaping the sound that we call ‘baroque’. Presented chronologically, this extensive collection of works covers sacred and secular music from Italy, France, Germany, Spain, England, Flanders, Portugal and The Netherlands, from a wide range of composers.

Naxos 8.573020
LOCKE, M.: Broken Consort (The), Part I / Tripla Concordia: Suites in G Major and E Minor
Wayward Sisters

Matthew Locke was the most prominent English musician of the generation before Purcell, occupying a unique place between the Renaissance consort tradition and Baroque chamber music. The Broken Consort refers to a group with mixed instruments, and Locke’s pieces entertained royalty with their ambitiously chromatic tonal language and rhythmic quirkiness. The Composer to the Private Musick was never happier than with surprisingly angular melodies and dramatic gestures ‘into the theatricall way’. This recording is the début release of Wayward Sisters, winners of the 2011 Early Music America/Naxos Recording Competition.

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Naxos 8.554425
At the Sign of the Crumhorn: Flemish Songs and Dance Music
Convivium Musicum Gothenburgense

“This disc offers an approach to performance that emphasizes the music’s popular context and secular function. These are solid, savvy musicians who obviously are having fun with their material–just as the original performers undoubtedly did.” (

Naxos 8.554284
Elizabethan Songs and Consort Music
The Rose Consort of Viols, Catherine King

“King’s rich mezzo is an ideal complement to the warm, reedy viols, and the instrumental playing must receive special mention for its sensitivity and tasteful style. This recording will provide an appealing introduction to one of the most significant and accessible genres of early music; and it will satisfy confirmed fans as well.” (

Naxos 8.570708
Rebecca Hickey, Dorothy Linell, Gerald Place

“Magic, comedy, feasting or pathos. Here are thirty or so settings from Shakespeare’s lifetime by Morley, Johnson, Dowland, Byrd, Ferrabosco and others, including lyrics set to ballad tunes that would have been very familiar to the actors in his company. This disc offers a chance to get to know the very first settings of such famous poetry in pleasing performances. All this is offered at the usual Naxos superbudget price.” (MusicWeb International).

Naxos 8.557637
Oni Wytars Ensemble

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Regional music

French chansons

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