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Barry Brenesal
Fanfare, May 2012

This album presents secular music mainly drawn from Southern Italy, composed during the last half of the 14th century: the Trecento…

It’s to the credit of Syntagma that their instrumental choices are sensitively made, and the percussion, which is never written out, ends up being added discreetly.

The performances are excellent. Syntagma is a group of 14 musicians of whom nine are employed on this disc, led by Alexandre Danilevski. All are technically expert, exhibiting none of the sloppy breathing and fingering that in a few circles continues to pass for authenticity. Ornamentation is scarce but appropriate, given the element of common improvisation known to have existed in contemporary Florentine culture.

Strongly recommended. © 2012 Fanfare Read complete review on Fanfare



James Manheim
Allmusic.com, March 2012

The basic sound of the music is sweet, and when percussion is deployed in dance pieces it’s quiet. There’s nothing to put off anyone who likes the sound of medieval music here, and there’s an X factor working in the album’s favor: you get the feeling that the program would have appealed to medieval listeners themselves. © 2012 Allmusic.com Read complete review



Catherine Moore
American Record Guide, March 2012

Three singers (countertenor and two sopranos) complete the performing forces in this balanced program of eight vocal and eight instrumental interpretations. The players are certainly accomplished, and the ensemble is tight and well matched for pulse and flow. Rhythms and polyphony are very well executed, and the vocal trio is particularly fine. © 2012 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide online






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