Discography

Hombres de Maiz: the Italian spirit in Mexican music

4 novembre 2014

Hombres de Maiz: the Italian spirit in Mexican music

HOMBRES-DE-MAIZ-evidenzaTraditional repertoires from Mexico and Italy are often remarkably alike, and many have kept tunes, harmonic structures and names that date back to the Italian Renaissance. Here, Ensemble Lucidarium combines Italian folk songs and dances with their 16th and 17th century models, while Barbara Ceron Olvera performs the music of her native Veracruz in a joyful musical melting-pot that preserves ancient sonorities while remaining surprisingly close to modern sensibility. (altro…)

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Una Musa Plebea: “minor” repertoires of the Italian Renaissance

4 novembre 2014

Una Musa Plebea: “minor” repertoires of the Italian Renaissance

Una-Musa-Plebea-evidenzaLife in the bustling city states of Renaissance Italy must have been an intense experience, full of constantly changing sights, sounds and odors.  People of all classes were thrown together, and very different levels of society often had surprisingly similar tastes in music.  Although great Northern masters like Josquin composed for the courts, most people preferred the era’s home-grown repertoire: Giustiniane, frottole and improvised sung poetry with soaring melodies, sonorous harmonies and universal themes; the dances that still swing after 500 years.

Next to Lucidarium’s performances of “everyday” repertoire from the 15th and 16th century, “Una Musa Plebea” boasts a series of fieldwork recordings of some of today’s finest sung poets – the carpenters, masons, schoolteachers and post-office workers who have lovingly kept this centuries-old tradition alive.
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La Istoria de Purim: Music and Poetry of the Jews in Renaissance Italy

4 novembre 2014

La Istoria de Purim: Music and Poetry of the Jews in Renaissance Italy

La-Istoria-de-Purim-evidenzaThis program is a celebration of the musical and poetic legacy of the Jewish communities of Renaissance Italy: a vast, entertaining and cohesive repertoire, the exuberant result of a fertile crossover fed by the confrontation between different cultures. (altro…)

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Le droict chemin: popular devotion at the time of the Reform

4 novembre 2014

Le droict chemin: popular devotion at the time of the Reform

51rrGUrM+mLLucidarium’s multi award-winning CD explores the musical propaganda used by French-speaking Catholics and Reformers during the battle for the hearts and minds of Europe’s faithful… (altro…)

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En Chantan M’Aven a Membrar: Troubadour, Trouvere and Minnesanger from Rhone to Rhine

4 novembre 2014

En Chantan M’Aven a Membrar: Troubadour, Trouvere and Minnesanger from Rhone to Rhine

0742495307928_300Regionalism, multilingualism, cross-cultural exchange: the key-words of modern Europe were already reality in the Middle Ages.  A select group of composer-poets with distinctive personalities would animate the musical life of Mittel-Europa from the late 12th century on: Rudolph von Fénis-Neuchâtel, who, inspired by Folquet de Marseille, Guiot de Provins, and Peire Vidal, would try his hand at adapting their works to the German language; Konrad von Würzburg, whose earthier, more direct style could be seen as the culmination of a more native tradition, and Gautier d’Espinal, musician and poet of quality. (altro…)

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Lo Mio Servente Core: Tradition and Avant-Garde in Music from the Time of Dante

4 novembre 2014

Lo Mio Servente Core: Tradition and Avant-Garde in Music from the Time of Dante

0742495305122_100From the thirst for experimentation of the first polyphonic composers of the Trecento, to the primitive two-part pieces sung in isolated local churches, we find evidence of a repertoire where the attraction of the new exists side by side with a powerful archaic tradition.  This program alternates music and recited texts: contemporary chronicles, anecdotes taken from 14th and 15th century novellieri, verses from the Divine Comedy, a 14th century recipe for lasagna: a panorama peopled with irascible friars, ill-tempered blacksmiths, lovesick bourgeois, curious monks, and beautiful ladies little interested in romantic reveries. (altro…)

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Reviews

Raze/Raise

Lucidarium is an irresistibly fun group, a light-hearted collection of friends out to relish each other’s company by making music together. That unbuttoned ethos is a welcome intrusion in the concert hall, one that will hopefully infect other performers.

Basler Zeitung

Next to their stylistic confidence and saddle-sure historical interpretation, Ensemble Lucidarium shows us just how contagiously vivacious the reconstruction of medieval sounds can be.

Tagblatt.ch

The six members of Lucidarium let their listeners dive into a completely enchanting world… The musical poetry of the Middle Ages was brought back to life in the most beautiful way possible

New York Times

… The Ensemble Lucidarium, an Italian group, in a program of vocal works (and a couple of high-energy saltarellos) on Wednesday afternoon, performed in a style free of vibrato and other forms of modern polish but plentifully adorned with florid vocal embellishments…

American Recorder Society Magazine

Anyone who arrived thinking of Medieval repertoire as “minor” or as music that ‘all sounds alike’ left with changed ideas.

The Arts Desk

There was a naturalness and relaxedness to their performance that was immensely pleasing.

Dernières Nouvelles d’Alsace

… it was enough to be swept away, by the refinement and conviction of the performers, to a place where magic reigns.