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The Guerra Manuscript, Vol. 2 - 17th Century Secular Spanish Vocal Music

Naxos, 2012

Named after an eminent scribe at the court in Madrid, the Guerra Manuscript contains over one hundred secular songs from the second half of the seventeenth century. The anthology is a valuable repository of music from anonymous sources but also from Spain's very finest Baroque composers, such as Juan Hidalgo and Jos+ª Mar+­n. These expressive songs, largely on poetic and mythological themes, are performed by some of the world's leading ...


Robin et Marion; Llibre Vermell and Others; Secular Music circa 1300

Telefunken "Das Alte Werk"


Sacred & Secular Music
Guillaume De Machaut

Brilliant Classics, 2011


The Mirror of Narcissus - Secular Songs by Guillaume de Machaut
G. De Machaut

Hyperion UK, 1993



Sacred & Secular Songs
Francesca Caccini

Brilliant Classics, 2013


Bach: Secular Cantatas, Vol. 4
Johann Sebastian Bach, Masaaki Suzuki, ...

BIS, 2014

The two works on this disc perfectly illustrate a particular type of secular cantata, the so-called dramma per musica. In such works the libretto is constructed dramatically, and the singers embody various roles, such as gods and other characters from antiquity, and allegorical figures. The parallel with opera is apparent, although the drammi per musica do without any scenic element. Bach primarily used the form in works intended for princely ...


Bach: Secular Cantatas
RIAS Kammerchor, Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin, ...

Harmonia Mundi, 2014

The secular cantatas afford us a glimpse of what J.S. Bach could have done if he had been tempted to write an opera. They reveal a composer who was highly sensitive not only to the place where they were to be performed (in the Zimmermann cafe or gardens in Leipzig), but also to the texts he was given to set and to the audience that was to listen to them. As performed by the Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin and Rene Jacobs, these fascinating works ...


Be A Santa
Lea DeLaria, Janette Mason, ...

Warner Classics, 2010

Her new album, Be A Santa, finds Lea DeLaria swinging her way through the Christmas songbook, backed by some of the best British jazz musicians around and produced by the English acclaimed pianist and composer Janette Mason. 'I've always wanted to make a Christmas Album,' says the singer. 'All the greats did it; Ella Fitzgerald, Louie Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, Mel Tormé - I wanted to have mine out there too!' And rather than simply churning out ...


Sacred & Secular Choral Music
Francis Poulenc, Eric Ericson, ...

Globe, 2013

A continuation of the Günter Raphael Edition, created to present the works of one of the most important yet little-known German composers of the 20th century.


Sacred & Secular Music From Renaissance Germany
Sacred & Secular Music From Renaissance Germany

Naxos, 2006


Aaron Copland and Virgil Thompson Sacred & Secular Choral Music
Gloriae Dei Cantores

Paraclete Press, 1998


Bach: Secular Cantatas, Vol. 2
J. S. Bach, Masaaki Suzuki

Bis, 2012


Brahms: Secular Choral Songs
Brahms, Marcus Creed

Harmonia Mundi, 2010


Magdalena Kozena

Archiv Produktion, 2005



Purcell: The Complete Secular Songs
Henry Purcell, Robert King, ...

Hyperion UK, 2004


Secular Choral Works
F. Poulenc

MD&G Records, 2010


Secular Cantatas Bwv 208-209
J.S. Bach

Haenssler Classics, 1999


Un Camino De Santiago
La Fenice & Jean Tubery

Ricecar, 2011

La Fenice brings formal & popular repertoire of the 17th century back to life on a disc featuring sacred & secular songs combined with joyfully festive traveling music.


Les Introuvables
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

Angel Records, 2004


Ars Magis Subtiliter: Secular Music of the Chantilly Codex
Ensemble P.A.N. (Project Ars Nova)

New Albion Records, 2009




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