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Ensemble Syntagma / Danilevski
Release Date: 11/11/2008 
Label:  Challenge   Catalog #: 72195   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  AnonymousEgidiusBartolino da PadovaDonato Da Firenze,   ... 
Performer:  Anne RongyAlexandre DanilevskiM. Art
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Syntagma
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A delightful sampler of the music of the Ars Nova.

Alexandre Danilevski’s Ensemble Syntagma deservedly has a high reputation and this exploration of Italian music of the 1300s will enhance that reputation further still. The sympathetic understanding which underlies these performances blends scholarship and imagination, fidelity and freedom, in thoroughly attractive fashion.

Instruments and voices are deployed with ungimmicky variety and with unshowy awareness of effect. Some of the pieces here are miniatures of remarkable beauty and sophistication. Take ‘Alta serena luce’, for example, in which the voices of Mami Irisawa and Akira Tachikawa combine with the sound of the harp in a delicate musical
Read more response, part amorous part spiritual, to a text which hovers on the boundary of sacred and profane:

Alta serena luce
io veggio ben omai
che dove vai ogni piacer riluce.
Ogni piacer riluce, donna mia,
appresso dove tuo biltà si posa;
e quando movi d’una parte via
amaro pianto lassa lei dogliosa.

[High serene light,
now it is clear to me
that where you are all pleasures take new light.
All pleasures take a new light, my lady,
in places where your beauty appears;
and when you depart from anywhere
sadness and bitter tears are left behind]


Is ‘my lady’ a secular beloved, or the Virgin Mary? It is in the ambiguity that much of the power of text and music alike resides, and this lovely performance evokes that liminal territory quite beautifully.

There are more robust pleasures elsewhere, as in Bartolino da Padova’s balata ‘Per un verde boschetto’, with its imagery of pursuit and hope, or in the purely instrumental ‘Faccia chi de’ se’ l po’’ by Donata da Firenze, a playful and evocative caccia. But even here there is an underlying delicacy and subtlety.

Particularly intriguing is Paolo da Firenze’s ‘Amor, tu solo’. The text voices a lamenting lover’s address to Love, and is expressive of the lover’s tears and infinite woes, his sense that is death cannot be far way as he burns with unrequited love. Yet much in music seems almost at odds with the sentiments, having a liveliness of manner that sets up a kind of discrepancy, so that the composer seems almost to be laughing mildly at the excessiveness of the lover’s self pity.

Such a sophistication is part of the larger complexity and subtlety which characterises both the instrumental and vocal music of the Ars Nova and it is a delight to see such sympathetic performers as Ensemble Syntagma willing to explore – with such fruitful results – some of the less familiar repertoire of this important phase in Italian music.

-- Glyn Pursglove, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Che ti zova nasconder, ballata by Anonymous
Performer:  Anne Rongy (Fiddle), Alexandre Danilevski (Fiddle), Alexandre Danilevski (),
M. Art (Harp)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Syntagma
Venue:  Chapelle Saint-Augustin, Bitche, France 
Length: 5 Minutes 9 Secs. 
2.
Alta serena luce, ballata by Egidius
Performer:  M. Art (Harp), Alexandre Danilevski (), Alexandre Danilevski (Fiddle),
Anne Rongy (Fiddle)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Syntagma
Written: 13th Century 
Venue:  Chapelle Saint-Augustin, Bitche, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 30 Secs. 
3.
Aquila Altera, madrigal by Anonymous
Performer:  Alexandre Danilevski (), Alexandre Danilevski (Fiddle), Anne Rongy (Fiddle),
M. Art (Harp)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Syntagma
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 13th Century 
Date of Recording: 02/15/2008 
Venue:  Chapelle Saint-Augustin, Bitche, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 55 Secs. 
4.
Per un verde boschetto, ballata for 3 voices by Bartolino da Padova
Performer:  M. Art (Harp), Alexandre Danilevski (), Alexandre Danilevski (Fiddle),
Anne Rongy (Fiddle)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Syntagma
Period: Medieval 
Written: by 1405 
Venue:  Chapelle Saint-Augustin, Bitche, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 39 Secs. 
5.
Senti tu d'amor, ballata by Donato Da Firenze
Performer:  M. Art (Harp), Alexandre Danilevski (), Alexandre Danilevski (Fiddle),
Anne Rongy (Fiddle)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Syntagma
Venue:  Chapelle Saint-Augustin, Bitche, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 51 Secs. 
6.
Faccia chi de' se'l po', caccia by Donato Da Firenze
Performer:  Alexandre Danilevski (), Alexandre Danilevski (Fiddle), Anne Rongy (Fiddle),
M. Art (Harp)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Syntagma
Venue:  Chapelle Saint-Augustin, Bitche, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 53 Secs. 
7.
Benche partito da te, ballata by Paolo da Firenze
Performer:  M. Art (Harp), Alexandre Danilevski (Fiddle), Alexandre Danilevski (),
Anne Rongy (Fiddle)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Syntagma
Venue:  Chapelle Saint-Augustin, Bitche, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 29 Secs. 
8.
Amor, tu solo 'l sai, ballata by Paolo da Firenze
Performer:  Alexandre Danilevski (), Alexandre Danilevski (Fiddle), Anne Rongy (Fiddle),
M. Art (Harp)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Syntagma
Venue:  Chapelle Saint-Augustin, Bitche, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
9.
Quando i oselli canta, madrígal by Anonymous
Performer:  Alexandre Danilevski (), Alexandre Danilevski (Fiddle), Anne Rongy (Fiddle),
M. Art (Harp)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Syntagma
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Chapelle Saint-Augustin, Bitche, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 44 Secs. 
10.
Che l'agg' i' fatto, ballata by Paolo da Firenze
Performer:  M. Art (Harp), Alexandre Danilevski (), Alexandre Danilevski (Fiddle),
Anne Rongy (Fiddle)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Syntagma
Venue:  Chapelle Saint-Augustin, Bitche, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 54 Secs. 
11.
La bella e la vezzosa cavriola by Gherardello da Firenze
Performer:  Alexandre Danilevski (Fiddle), Alexandre Danilevski (), Anne Rongy (Fiddle),
M. Art (Harp)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Syntagma
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 02/15/2008 
Venue:  Chapelle Saint-Augustin, Bitche, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 5 Secs. 
12.
Pescando in aqua dolce, madrigal by Anonymous
Performer:  M. Art (Harp), Alexandre Danilevski (), Alexandre Danilevski (Fiddle),
Anne Rongy (Fiddle)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Syntagma
Venue:  Chapelle Saint-Augustin, Bitche, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 45 Secs. 
13.
Qual lege move la volubel rota, madrigal for 2 voices by Bartolino da Padova
Performer:  Alexandre Danilevski (Fiddle), Alexandre Danilevski (), Anne Rongy (Fiddle),
M. Art (Harp)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Syntagma
Period: Medieval 
Written: by 1405 
Venue:  Chapelle Saint-Augustin, Bitche, France 
Length: 4 Minutes 10 Secs. 
14.
Mille mercede amor, ballata by Egidius
Performer:  Alexandre Danilevski (Fiddle), Alexandre Danilevski (), Anne Rongy (Fiddle),
M. Art (Harp)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Syntagma
Venue:  Chapelle Saint-Augustin, Bitche, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 59 Secs. 
15.
Chi vuol veder, ballata by Paolo da Firenze
Performer:  Alexandre Danilevski (), Alexandre Danilevski (Fiddle), M. Art (Harp),
Anne Rongy (Fiddle)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Syntagma
Venue:  Chapelle Saint-Augustin, Bitche, France 
Length: 4 Minutes 15 Secs. 
16.
O crudel donna, madrigal by Anonymous
Performer:  Alexandre Danilevski (), Alexandre Danilevski (Fiddle), M. Art (Harp),
Anne Rongy (Fiddle)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Syntagma
Venue:  Chapelle Saint-Augustin, Bitche, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 

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