Celebrating the Life Cycle – Commissioned by the 2011 Utrecht Early Music Festival

From the traditional Jewish perspective, living a full life and fully experiencing every stage of the life cycle is considered just as important part of religious duties as praying, studying, observing holidays or following the intricate alimentary rules of kashrut.  As in most societies, the Jewish life cycle can be seen as a series of concentric circles: the daily, weekly and monthly rituals that make up everyday life; the liturgical year and its holidays; all encircled by life’s major transition points: birth, coming of age, marriage, death.  And, from time immemorial, song, prayer and dance have been part of celebrating these moments – “to life, l’Chaim!”

Repertoire: Alleluya Odeh Adonai, as it is sung in Rome during the all-night party that takes place before a circumcision, and Adonai con voi, a 16th century Gentile composer’s impressions of the drunken carousings of a group of Hebrew gentleman after just such a celebration…  Doz Mensh Geglikh’n, which compares Man to a different creature at every stage of life, and wedding songs (not always politically correct) from pre-expulsion Spain, 16th century Germany, and the Italian and Sephardic traditions.

7 – 8 Performers: Gloria Moretti, Anna Pia Capurso, Enrico Fink: voice; Avery Gosfield: recorders, pipe and tabor, Marco Ferrari: recorders, double flute, dulcian; 
Francis Biggi: cetra, colascione, lute, viola da mano, Massimiliano Dragoni: percussion, hammer dulcimer (Oleguer Aymami Busque, viola da gamba)

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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.