Anna Danilevskaia goes in search of the link between an old, vanished culture and that of the present day, looking for what brings people together: beliefs, play, love, ecstasy, fear etc. Her starting point is an exploration of the countless frescoes and mediaeval paintings that depict biblical scenes surrounded by angels making music. Singers and instrumentalists with a wide range of instruments accompany the main actors with imaginary, celestial sounds. The Sollazzo Ensemble, consisting of eighteen musicians on this occasion, brings this forgotten world to life. From an 11th century organum to ars subtilior ballads dating from the end of the 14th century; from France to distant Cyprus, this is a sublime exploration of four hundred years of European musical repertoire.
Carine Tinney, Alice Foccroulle, Anne-Kathryn Olsen, soprano | Sophia Faltas, alto | Roman Melish, countertenor | Jonatan Alvarado, Lior Leibovici, Victor Sordo, tenor | Timea Naguy, recorder | Adrien Reboisson, shawms and douçaine | Rémi Lécorché, trumpet & sackbutt | Natalie Carducci, Filipa Meneses, vielle | Franziska Fleischanderl, psalterio | Christoph Sommer, lute | Floris de Rycker, lute & cittern | Roger Helou, organetto | Anna Danilevskaia, vielle & artistic direction | Modesto Lai, semi-staging