Author Archives: Asteria

Lute Society of America Quarterly: For the Love of Jaqueline

by DOUGLAS HENSLEY Antoine Busnoys (1430-1492) was one of the most celebrated composers of the 15th century.  According to the CD liner notes, he “ranks among the most avant-garde and prescient composers of his time.  In the period of rapid … Continue reading

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The New York Times: Asteria – Bargemusic

by ZACHARY WOLFE The gifted early-music duo Asteria — the tenor and lutenist Eric Redlinger and the soprano Sylvia Rhyne — returned to Bargemusic on Sunday afternoon with a concert entitled “The Body Departs — the Heart Remains With You.” That is … Continue reading

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French Lute Society Bulletin (Le Joueur de Luth): Pour L’amour de Jaqueline

Le Joueur de Luth — septembre 2012 “Pour L’amour de Jaqueline – chansons d’amour par Antoine Busnoys” – CD review Ce disque commence comme un concert, ou encore mieux comme une soirée dans un château, au son de quelques notes … Continue reading

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Fanfare Magazine: For the Love of Jaqueline

BUSNOIS Chansons – Asteria – Asteriamusica 0412 The modern reputation of Busnois (or as written on this release, Busnoys) has yet to approach that achieved in his lifetime, and his music–barring a pair of securely attributed masses–seldom appears except as … Continue reading

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Le Jouer de Luth: Ensemble Asteria Concert à la salle Ockeghem de Tours (Festival Les Méridiennes)

by DIDIER JARNY/PB Depuis plusieurs années, le festival des Méridiennes, à l’initiative de l’ensemble Diabolus in Musica et de son chef Antoine Guerber, ravit le public tourangeau par l’originalité de sa programmation et sa convivialité.  Là encore, ce concert convenait … Continue reading

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Frère Jean-Marie, Taizé Community

“It was a wonderful moment, a true gift you offered to the young people and to all of us present. The way you wove music and commentary together, with art and intelligence, brought us into the world of these songs. … Continue reading

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Joyce Bodig, The Frick Collection

“In short, Asteria was the hit of the free Frick evening…when attendees were asked their favorite part of the evening, they said coming into the Frick and hearing Sylvia & Eric singing in the Garden Court.”

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Celeste Fetta, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

“Their program was a HUGE hit and so wonderful. What a talented and amazing couple- they are true treasures and I hope to have the chance to work with them again.”

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Thomas Heywood, Artistic Director of the Chilikat Performing Arts Center, Haines, Alaska

“We all just loved the concert Eric and Sylvia put on. There is something about that music that just connects right with the soul and transports you to that ancient world. Our audience was enchanted to say the least. …They … Continue reading

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Renee Baldocchi, Director of Public Programs, Legion of Honor Museum, San Francisco

“I am thrilled with the outcome and I know that our museum visitors loved their lecture and their music.  Simply breathtaking.”

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Electrum Magazine: Living a Dream in Burgundy

Electrum Magazine has published a short piece we wrote about some of our thoughts on the context for medieval song. Read the article: Electrum Magazine

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Steve Guthrie, Agnes Scott College

“Eric’s and Sylvia’s performance and talk Saturday evening was one of the high points of SEMA (Southeastern Medieval Association) conferences since I’ve been a member and one of the high points of the arts at the college since I’ve been … Continue reading

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Katherine Wolfe, Program Director, Early Music in Columbus

“Their program was just beautiful and I talked with many audience members on the way out who told me how impressed they were with the concert. I look forward to a future concert. Not only are they outstanding musicians, they … Continue reading

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New York Times: “Capturing a Yearning Fit for a Prince”

By VIVIEN SCHWEITZER It might seem a stretch to ask audience members at Bargemusic, the floating concert hall on the East River with an expansive view of the Manhattan skyline, to imagine themselves next to the Rhine in 1475, as the … Continue reading

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Andrew Kosciesza, Associate Professor of Music, MCC College, Blue Bell, PA

“Thank you both for a fabulous presentation. …the students were so clearly enthralled by your performance and your discussion.”

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WQXR: Valentine’s Day with Asteria

February 9, 2010: Love and passion–from the 15th Century! For Valentine’s Day early music duo Asteria performs 15th Century Burgundian love songs in the WQXR studio. Singer Sylvia Rhyne and singer/lutenist Eric Redlinger join host David Garland to talk about … Continue reading

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Mike Lubing, Brooklyn Public Library

“…Our audience really enjoyed your performance; your ability to explain the history of the music you were performing combined with your extraordinary talent made for an exciting and memorable concert. You were able to relate to our extremely diverse audience … Continue reading

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Fanfare Magazine: Un Tres Doulx Regard

Written by Barry Brenesal, Friday, 10 December 2010 The music on this album documents the popular formes fixes of ballade, rondeau, virelai, and bergerette at the mid 15th-century Franco-Flemish courts, and more specifically those of Burgundy. Courtly love is the … Continue reading

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Kathy Gaubatz, President, Miami Bach Society

“Asteria gave a brilliant performance – an exquisite feast for the eyes, the ears, the mind and the heart.”

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F. Dan Segar, Director, Colorado Early Music Festival

“The pleasure was truly ours to be able to hear the incredible ensemble between Sylvia, Eric, and the lute.”

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Professor Jonathan Bellman, University of Northern Colorado

“This is a stellar sort of music making that transforms this repertoire.”

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dial “m” for musicology – “Asteria in Boulder”

By JONATHAN BELLMAN Imagine the Platonic Ideal of a performance of songs about Love—Love incarnated as a poetic idealization.  You might conceive of vocal lines sinuously interwoven with the kind of insouciance born only from total contrapuntal command.  You might … Continue reading

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Mark Cudek, Peabody Conservatory

“Asteria was wonderful! Their concert was magical and mesmerizing. Their workshop was informative, well organized, and inspiring for my students.”

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Early Music America: Un Tres Doulx Regard

Un Tres Doulx Regard / Asteria (Sylvia Rhyne, soprano, Eric Redlinger, tenor, lute) / Asteria AMCD 0309 “Just like the shy young lover who is knocked off his feet by the object of his affections, the music of the first … Continue reading

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BOMBSite: “The Persistance of Courtly Love”

By DAVID VARNO/ BOMBSite About a week after Valentine’s Day, I found myself on a barge under the Brooklyn Bridge where a pair of early music revivalists were set up in a perfectly amorous display. A woman wore a long … Continue reading

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