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

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.

Repertoire: Liturgical and semi-liturgical music from the Italian Jewish tradition, selections from two 16th century Italian “Purim” plays, sung poetry in Italian, Hebrew and Yiddish, and Italian Renaissance dances.



“This CD took three years of work.  Three years which, although they perhaps held back the career of Ensemble Lucidarium, at the same time served to confirm its seriousness, professionality and talent….  A CD like this opens the mind.”

Nieuw Israelitisch Weekblad:

“The wonderfully performed music makes it one of the most original and important publications of recent times.”

Revue Musicale de Suisse Romande:
“The resultant disc is a small miracle!”

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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.

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.