From 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.
Repertoire: “polifonia primitiva”, italian madrigals, ballate and laude, troubadour chansons. spoken texts by Salimbene D’adam, Franco Sacchetti, an anonymous Tuscan cookbook author and Dante Alighieri.
Le Monde de la Musique (CHOC de la Musique)
“With their first CD, ensemble LUCIDARIUM has achieved a tour de force: this group, young, but made up of experienced musicians, has managed to combine the élan of spontaneous italianità with the seriousness of mature reflection.”
Music and the Arts (10/10)
“you may just wish to sit back, close your eyes, and feast.”
“…the texts, admirably recited, together with the music, create a vibrant image of life at the time of Dante Alighieri.”
CD Classica (Scelta del mese):
“A CD… which seems to indicates a new and vivacious way of interpreting the music of the early Trecento.”
“Shifting between monody and primitive polyphony, this CD is driven by the rhetorical concepts of dulcedo and subtilitas. It uses a humanistic approach to the repertoire, the only plausible one, and the result is sincere and original.”
“Great fun, great solace, and a seductive picture of a vanished world.”