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Released: July 2017 - Navona Records NV6106
Nothing brings back the sights, sounds and smells of a Renaissance fair quite like the sound of sackbuts, krumhorns and shawns. And nobody knows and plays these period instruments, along with
recorders, bagpipes and lutes, as well as Piffaro: The Renaissance Band. They started out in 1980 and released their first recording in the early 90s on the Newport Classics label
under the name of "The Philadelphia Renaissance Wind Band". This was quickly followed in 1995 by a multiple album contract on the prestigious Deutsche Grammophon/Archiv Produktion label,
then three releases on Dorian, a handful on their own label, a Christmas collection, and this latest recording is their fourth release on Navona Records, a label based in
New Hampshire, for a total of 18 CDs released over a span of about 25 years. So I believe it's safe to say that this music is in their bones and that these instruments have become extensions of
their bodies. The seven band members play a range of about 40 instruments, most of which are masterfully crafted replicas of the originals.