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Sulla Lira: Renaissance Songs with Lyre, by Demofonte, Caccini, Tromboncino et al. / Sulla Lira Ensemble

Notes & Reviews:

Le Miroir de Musique is an ensemble specialised in the music of the late middle ages and Renaissance, from the golden age of the troubadours to the humanist movements of the 16th century. The ensemble is based in Basel (CH) and brings together the most prolific of early music performers, many of whom are graduates of the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. The image of a "Mirror of Music" is borrowed from Jacques de Liège's treatise (Speculum Musicae), and reflects our goal of painting a vivid picture of medieval and Renaissance music, in a spirit of fidelity to the original sources. This project was first conceived for the Festtage Alter Musik in Basel in 2013, at the suggestion of Peter Reidemeister. The program was developed in close collaboration between the five musicians and the musicologist Martin Kirnbauer.

American Record Guide, September/October 2015
For all the variety, there is a great deal of consistent lyricism and expression - some really beautiful melodies along the way. The singing is splendid. It is wonderful to hear again the lovely voice and artistic sensitivity of Maria Cristina Keihr, so long a contributor to fine programs of early music. She is given sterling company by the able tenor Giovanni Canterini.Three players complete the group, giving us variants on Orpheus's lyre. The booklet is handsomely illustrated and has good notes along with full texts and English translations. It really is an anthology both stimulating and musically pleasing.


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