I've made a few music purchases recently. Most of them I find for just a couple bucks (like Naxos editions). All four are awesome in their own way. If you've read this blog for even a week you can probably deduce that I'm an early music freak. Amazon.com and the always improving iTunes music store are dangerous places for people like me.
Anyway, here some awesome CDs I recently bought nearly dirt cheap:
The Rose, the Lily & the Whortleberry
(Medieval Gardens in Music)
This is the only "expensive" CD of the group. It came with (inside) an awesome little book with lyrics and explanations for each country of origin.
Dances from Terpsichore and Others
These are dances written by Praetorius, who wrote largely for Protestants in the late Renaissance. (In spite of his big Latin name.) This CD is a lot of fun to listen to and kinda makes me want to drop everything and dance a galliard right here at my desk.
Music for a Medieval Banquet
This is a compilation CD I bought from iTunes for $5.99 so it was well worth it. This is dinner music 1300s style and its fantastic.
When I was in college I participated in the Collegium Musicum. We actually put on a medieval banquet and provided the music and character acting (yes, all dressed up - I was the friar, appropriately I guess.) I saw this for so little cash and naturally pressed the buy button with little hesitation.
The Tallis Scholars
This is supposedly the best recording of this piece and one that I might actually get to perform in the not so distant future. It is in my choir book (not the Liber) and I'm crossing my fingers with anticipation to get to do it. It is a beautiful CD and there are other pieces on it besides the Miserere.