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

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.Repertoire: music and poetry of the most influential troubadours: Peire Vidal, Folquet de Marseille, Guiraut Riquier, and their disciples, including: Rudolf von Fenis Neuenberg, Guiot de Provins and  Gautier D’Espinal, medieval dances

Reviews:

Diapason:
“The foremost fascination of this CD lies in its programming.  An unusual and stimulating image dedicated to themes revered by both sacred and profane love.”

Le Monde de la Musique:
“LUCIDARIUM knows exactly how to find, at the heart of that which at first glance seems simple, such as a one-voiced strophic song, the proof of a genuine complexity.”

Repertoire des disques compacts (9 du répertoire):
“The chosen pieces, unfamiliar, lend an aroma of freshness and newness.  And LUCIDARIUM explores them with real joy, multiplying the different hues into a true explosion of colors.”

CD Classica:
“This precious CD explores some of the legendary names dear to the imaginations of Dante and Wagner.  The product is a decidedly positive one, in which intensity and discipline unite for an optimal result.”


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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.