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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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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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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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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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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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Classical MPR: Asteria brings Medieval music to the 21st Century

Listen: http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/02/09/asteria/ St. Paul, Minn. — Capturing and performing the music of the medieval and Renaissance periods can be two separate things. The duo Asteria have taken ancient manuscripts and used their musical expertise and artistic reasoning to bring this … Continue reading

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Vermont Public Radio – Live Performance (60 min)

Classical Music with Walter Parker (listen online) Friday, 11/14/08 10am Veteran host Walter Parker presents the best in classical music, from familiar favorites to little-known gems. Regular live performances from the VPR Performance Studio add spice to the repertoire.

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France-Amérique – le Journal Français des États-Unis

By JUDITH ORINGER Eric Redlinger, luthiste et ténor, et Sylvia Rhyne, soprano, forment, à la scène comme à la ville, un couple d’une grande poésie, soudé par un amour commun de la musique médiévale. Leur formation, Asteria, en concert vendredi … Continue reading

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The Boston Globe: “Romantic Music”

By MILVA DIDOMIZIO Theatergoers may remember Sylvia Rhyne from her portrayal as the Baroness in a 2005 production of “The Sound of Music” by Waltham’s Reagle Players. Rhyne returns to the area this week to perform songs of a different … Continue reading

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SF Classical Voice: “Illuminating the Chanson”

By MICHELLE DULAK THOMSON One of the pleasures of working in the field of early music – really early music, that is, music from well outside the ordinary classical musician’s realm of experience – must be the sense of having … Continue reading

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Soundcheck with John Schaefer, WNYC

Monday, October 1, 2007:  Asteria joins host John Schaefer  on “Soundcheck” to discuss their approach to early music, live in the WNYC studio.

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Toccata: “Tage Alter Musik performance”

By ROBERT STROBL ” …eine wahre Perle im Konzertreigen.  Das war ein in sich stimmiges, hervorragend und auswendig vorgetragenes Programm, das über eine Stunde das Publikum vollkommen fesselte.”

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Journal de Saone et Loire: Concert Review

Sylvia Rhyne et Eric Redlinger, primés en musique du Moyen-Age aux Etats Unis, ont offert un concert intimiste, presque religieux dans une salle du chateau de Germolles, devant la cheminée monumentale. Le public a peu auparavant, guidé par les maitres … Continue reading

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Merkur, Wiesbach: “Emotionale Reise ins Mittelalter”

Von THOMAS FÜßLER Eindrucksvolles Benefiz-Konzert von Asteria in Wiesbach Wie lebendig mittelalterliche Musik sein kann, bewies das amerikanische Duo Asteria bei einem Benefiz-Konzert in Wiesbach für die Carl-Orff-Grundschule. Das Besondere: Eric Redlinger und Sylvia Rhyne wagten sich an eigene, emotionale … Continue reading

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Goldberg Early Music Magazine: Soyez Loyal

By JUAN CARLOS ASCENSIO It is not always easy to approach the late medieval repertoire with the freshness and spontaneity to guarantee a gratifying listening experience. The voice of Sylvia Rhyne has a delightful sweetness in this repertoire. Her timbre … Continue reading

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SF Classical Voice: “Asteria Performs Songs of Burgundy”

The duo Asteria – Sylvia Rhyne, soprano; Eric Redlinger, lute and tenor – captivated their audience on the evening of June 9 at Hertz Hall with a program of largely Burgundian chansons, with a few sacred and English pieces offered, as well. Continue reading

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BEMF: Boston’s Early Music Extravaganza

…Winners of EMA’s Unicorn Prize for Medieval and Renaissance Music, the duo Asteria (Sylvia Rhyne, soprano, and Eric Redlinger, tenor and lute) presented ‘Flower of Passion, Thorn of Despair,’ a beautifully enacted program of songs about ‘chivalry and courtly love … Continue reading

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Columbus Dispatch: Gentle Chansons Create Intimate Space in Cavernous Chapel

By JENNIFER HAMBRICK The 26th season of Early Music in Columbus began Friday with the refined sounds of Renaissance Europe. Award-winning early-music vocal duo Asteria’s performances of 15 thcentury Burgundian chansons transformed the Pontifical College Josephinum’s St. Turibius Chapel into … Continue reading

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Early Music America Magazine: Asteria Reaches for the Stars

By MARK POWELL As they prepare for a debut at the Boston Early Music Festival, the winners of the EMA Medieval/Renaissance Music Competition talk about their formation and their dreams for the future PERHAPS THE STARS had one fate in … Continue reading

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The Lute Society of America: Le Souvenir de Vous me Tue

The concept behind Asteria is so elegantly simple it’s a wonder no one else is doing it: a soprano and a tenor who also plays lute. This enables two players to perform a vast amount of material, including virtually the entire 15th-century Burgundian chanson repertoire, the focus of this recording. Continue reading

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Early Music America: Le Souvenir de Vous me Tue

Le Souvenir de Vous me Tue / Medieval Chansons from the Court of Philip the Good / Asteria (Sylvia Rhyne, soprano, Eric Redlinger, tenor, lute) / Asteria AMCD 0404 In this graceful disc, the duo Asteria, winners of EMA’s 2004 … Continue reading

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New York Times: …May Best Singers Win

…Ms. Rhyne and Mr. Redlinger put across not only their music, Burgundian songs from the mid-15th century, but also a style of performance, intimate and deeply communicative. They sang these songs of love and loss as if to each other, yet drew a listener in completely, sealing the process with a meltingly beautiful rendition of Claudin de Sermisy’s “Languir Me Fais.” Continue reading

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