Wednesdays at 10:00 pm

A fresh feast of early music every week.

Join host Candice Agree for WFMT’s exciting weekly program of early music. Baroque&Before explores works written before 1750, featuring live concert recordings from some of the world’s most prestigious early music festivals, as well as commercially released recordings from WFMT’s vast library. From Russia to the Americas, from Northern Europe to the Mediterranean and Middle East, Candice presents internationally known artists on the early music scene, crafting a delightful mix of musicianship, music, and history.

Listen to the past two weeks of Baroque&Before.

Handel’s Coronation Anthems with Berlin Academy for Ancient Music

November 30, 2022

Celebratory fare by George Frideric Handel, Orlando Gibbons, William Croft, John Blow, and Henry Purcell.

Three Austrian Musketeers: Aufschnaiter, Muffat & Mayr

December 7, 2022

Austrian music of the baroque era was strongly influenced by the contemporary music of Italy, France, Spain, and Hungary, as well as the music of the Slavic lands. On this edition of Baroque&Before, you’ll hear those influences in distinctly Austrian works by Benedikt Anton Aufschnaiter, Georg Muffat, and Rupert Ignaz Mayr, performed by the period instrument ensemble Ars Antiqua Austria. ...

15th&16th-Century Christmas Music from Saxony

December 14, 2022

Baroque&Before begins the holiday season with The Renaissance Men vocal ensemble, dedicated to the polyphonic vocal music of the 16th century. Tonight’s program is centered around the Christmas mass by the Meissen school cantor Wolfgang Figulus. Tonight’s program of Christmas music from 15th & 16th-century Saxony was recorded December 1, 2021 in the Stiftskirche Bassum, a thirteenth-century church with both ...

O, Jerusalem! Crossroads of Three Faiths with Apollo’s Fire

December 21, 2022

13th-century Persian poet Jalal al-Din Rumi described Jerusalem as “the place where everything is music … and brothers and strangers are one.” Apollo’s Fire, under the direction of Jeannette Sorrell, presents an exploration of the four quarters of Old Jerusalem (Jewish, Christian, Arab, and Armenian/Byzantine,) and the cross-cultural influences of the city’s inhabitants. The rhythms of daily life — love, ...

Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with Jordi Savall

December 28, 2022

Baroque&Before’s special extended Christmas edition presents Johann Sebastian Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, written for the Christmas season of 1734-1735. La Capella Reial de Catalunya, Le Concert des Nations, and soloists, under the direction of Jordi Savall, present a new recording of the Christmas Oratorio, recorded live in concert December 18 and 29, 2019 in Barcelona’s Palau de la Música. Tonight’s program ...