Category Archives: Concert Reviews

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Mittelbayerische Zeitung: Concert Review

Von RANDOLF JESCHEK, MZ REGENSBURG. Der Rosenroman von Guillaume de Lorris und Jean de Meung aus dem 13. Jahrhundert ist das zentrale literarische Ereignis des Mittelalters. Kein anderer Text der Zeit hat Denken und Dichtung bis weit übers Mittelalter – … Continue reading

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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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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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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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