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-Mark Cudek, Peabody Conservatory
Category Archives: CD Reviews
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
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
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
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
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
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
By JUAN CARLOS ASCENSIO A large proportion of the repertoire at the dawn of the 15th century, especially the works knows as chansons, originated in the Burgundian tradition. Testimony to this are the chansonniers conserved, many with suggestive forms, such … Continue reading
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