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

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…

Repertoire: psalm-settings, chansons spirituelles and Noëls, and some of the often X-rated songs whose melodies were borrowed for pious songs…

Reviews:

Le Monde de la Musique (CHOC de la Musique)
“… the conviction which animates this recital makes it a veritable plunge into the musical universe of the popular masses at the time of the Renaissance.”

Diapason (5 diapasons)
“The recording is aided by a lovely sound and exacting, inspired musicians.  Specialized, certainly, but never elitist, this program will surely find its public among all fans of Renaissance music.”

Amadeus (A d’Oro, top 5 early music CDs of 2001)
“Lucidarium’s interpretation, with its “disrespectful” street voices, prophets and ballad singers, and its irrepressible instrumental apparatus is to love from the first hearing.”

Trad Magazine: Musiques traditionnelles (Bravo!)
“A document, a basis for reflection, and, above all, a very beautiful CD dedicated to a little-known repertoire.”

Hi-fi+ Classical and Audiophile Music review (10/10)
“The playing and singing is wonderfully alive and full of adoration and devotional feeling, as well as respect and reverence for the music.”

Civiltà del Rinascimento
“a jewel of historical reconstruction, passionate and visionary, of touching authenticity.”

Scherzo
“LUCIDARIUM has put together a splendid work of stylistic reconstruction, using an ample Renaissance instrumentarium and an elegant vocal septet.”

Altamusica.com:

“Here is a CD which brings together two repertoires which one has the tendency to oppose, in an enthusiastic interpretation and liner notes equal to the best musicological diffusion.”


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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.