Latin American Baroque Among Label's Musical Offerings

Leading early-music label issues continent-spanning list of new CDs.

Dorian, one of the leading early-music labels in the U.S., continues to tread off the beaten musical path.

The label recently issued three CDs — The Merry Making, Les Chants d'Eros and Baroque Music of Latin America, whose music spans centuries and continents. The CDs come with an eclectic range of secular and religious songs.

The Merry Making features fiddler Laura Risk in folk tunes from Ireland, Scotland, New England and Quebec.

Les Chants d'Eros presents nine centuries of French love songs in new arrangements (and, in some cases, new tunes) for voice and/or period and modern instruments.

Baroque Music of Latin America, sung by the Camerata Renacentista de Caracas (Caracas Renaissance Camerata) features vocal music — religious and erotic — dating from the 17th and 18th centuries. At that time, classical-based Latin American music was generally more sophisticated than its counterpart in the folk-oriented English colonies to the north.