Just a couple of suggestions; personally I prefer a rather modern sound and playing style, rather than say, counter-tenors and "too authentic"-sounding-instruments:
- Thomas Tallis: O Nata Lux - a wonderful short introduction to Renaissance choral music,
I know the Willcocks/Kings College Choir as especially good in Tallis-albums. The other choral works,
such as the Lamentations of Jeremiah and Spem in Alium-motet, requires more listening, but they are
- John Dowland: Lute music & Songs, called "Ayres". Emma Kirkby and Anthony Rooley has made
some nice recordings, for example. As regards the lute works, I prefer the melodic strength of
- Jordi Savall, the soprano Montserrat Figueiras, and Ensemble Hesperion are always good in this
repertoire. For example, there is a fine and varied album of music at the court of King Carlos V.
- Monteverdi. Now we´re approaching Baroque, but anyway:"The Maria-Vespers", for instance the
Corboz recording;"L´Orfeo"-opera, for instance the Corboz or the Jürgens recording;"Il Combat-
timento di Tancredi e Clorinda", a dramatic and varied scene with catchy content; "Lamento della
Ninfa", of heartbreaking beauty, especially the recording by Gini, Cadelo and the Concerto Ensemble.