, 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.
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