The group Qualia is made up of only three performers. They play fiddle, organetto, recorders and cornetto (all modern copies). In other words we hear some of the most expressive instruments of the middle ages. These three musicians are really sensitive players responsive to the general style of the mid-renaissance and to each other. The cornetto was thought to be the nearest thing to the human voice. When played so beautifully as this by Lambert Colson - note especially Compère’s Le Grant desir, - one can see why. The instrumentation varies from track to track.
The three members of Qualia—Anna Denilevskaia, fiddle, Chrsitophe Deslignes, organetto, and Lambert Colson, recorders and cornetti—are both sensitive to the vocality of the original songs and equal to the most intricate virtuosity of these so-called “exercises”.