Ensemble Syntagma

Stylems - Italian Music From The Trecento

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Format: CD
Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917219524
Catnr: CC 72195
Release date: 05 September 2008
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05 September 2008
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Styleme, term used by historians of Byzantine painting for borrowed stylistic elements incorporated in a work of art. The music of the 1300s is attractive for the inventiveness and often exquisite complexity of its melodies. It is a marked departure from the style of the previous 150 years, which were dominated by the French school. One of its remarkable advances was measured notation, a recent invention. To the world of music this was akin to the invention of the wheel: it offers a freedom whose full potential has yet to be exploited. Like the explorers of new worlds, composers embarked on bold adventures. The use of mensuration infinitely enlarges the possible combinations of voices, both vertically and horizontally. The Trecento style is often criticised for being excessively sophisticated, dry and cerebral. And yet, at any rate where its best examples are concerned, it is thoroughly justified for dramatic reasons. Used intelligently and with moderation it creates the very image of objectivity.

As a result of these new perspectives, syllabic word-setting was abandoned: music was no longer there to serve the subtleties of a word or a poetic image, but instead created and pursued its own meaning and nuance. In spite of often quite banal texts, the new music, by and of itself, brings to light hitherto unsuspected facets and depths of feeling. It is worth noting that in De vulgari eloquentia Dante was at the same time developing the notion that music was better served by poetry that was mediocre.
Een andere interpretatie van de trecentostijl
Stylems, de titel van dit album, is afgeleid van de term ‘styleme’. Deze term wordt door historici gebruikt om te verwijzen naar geleende stilistische elementen die worden opgenomen in een kunstwerk. De muziek in trecentostijl die op dit album ten gehore wordt gebracht, is beïnvloed door de Grieks-Romeinse cultuur, waardoor dit dus ook onder styleme valt.
De muziek uit de trecento, ofwel de 14e eeuw, spreekt aan door de complexiteit en vindingrijkheid van de melodieën en wijkt af van de stijl van de daaraan voorafgaande 150 jaar die gedomineerd werd door de Franse school. Door de komst van muzieknotatie in het zogenaamde mensurale systeem werd de duur van de noten en de verhoudingen tussen de noten duidelijker. Deze uitvinding kan vergeleken worden met de uitvinding van het wiel: componisten kregen toegang tot ongekende mogelijkheden. Door het gebruik van het mensurale systeem werd het aantal mogelijke combinaties van stemmen flink uitgebreid.

De trencentostijl wordt vaak bekritiseerd als droog en hoog ontwikkeld. Syntagma laat met de uitvoeringen op dit album horen dat het ook anders kan: de muziek is kleurrijk en levendig en lijkt soms zelfs geschikt om op te dansen. Dit is te danken aan de stilistisch correcte en smaakvolle uitvoering. Dit is het vierde album van Ensemble Syntagma. De drie eerdere albums zijn gewijd aan vrijwel onbekend repertoire. De albums zijn geliefd bij het publiek, de pers en een steeds groeiend aantal musici.
Der Trecento-Stil wird häufig kritisiert, als übermäßig hoch entwickelt und meist trocken. Und sogar die besten Beispiele scheinen dies zu bestätigen. Umso schöner ist es, dass die vorliegende Sammlung von Instrumental- und Vokalstücken des Italien des 14. Jahrhunderts ganz im Gegenteil bunt, lebendig, manchmal tänzerisch daher kommt. Das ist auch dem fabelhaften Ensemble Syntagma zu verdanken, die diese Kleinodien stilistisch präzise und überaus feinsinnig darbietet. Bereits bei Challenge Classics erschienen: Gautier d'Epinal: Remembrance (CC 72190)

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Ensemble Syntagma

Ensemble Syntagma, founded by the composer Alexandre Danilevski, presents its fourth CD. Its three previous recordings - Musique Baroque Russe and Touz esforciez (Pierre Vérany, 2002 and 2004); and Gautier d’Epinal. Remembrance, 2008, CC72190 - are devoted to little-known or unknown repertoires. These recordings have – for their artistic choices at least – met with the approval of the public, the press and a growing number of performers. Syntagma gave its first concert in 1995 as part of the Luxemburg European Capital of Culture, with a programme combining arias by G. Frescobaldi and Spanish songs of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The critics acclaimed it as “an absolute revelation” and as a “splendid championing of early music”. The ensemble’s repertoire extends from...
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Ensemble Syntagma, founded by the composer Alexandre Danilevski, presents its fourth CD. Its three previous recordings - Musique Baroque Russe and Touz esforciez (Pierre Vérany, 2002 and 2004); and Gautier d’Epinal. Remembrance, 2008, CC72190 - are devoted to little-known or unknown repertoires. These recordings have – for their artistic choices at least – met with the approval of the public, the press and a growing number of performers.
Syntagma gave its first concert in 1995 as part of the Luxemburg European Capital of Culture, with a programme combining arias by G. Frescobaldi and Spanish songs of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The critics acclaimed it as “an absolute revelation” and as a “splendid championing of early music”.
The ensemble’s repertoire extends from the thirteenth to the twenty-first centuries. This diversity is best explained by the ensemble’s director and founder: "I do not have any specific priorities, as long as the music makes sense". Personally, in monodies I like what is sophisticated, with rhythmic problems, or rich in melodies, complex, in short, displaying genius… I like every kind of music, as long as it is of the highest quality. I try to gather round me pieces that are still unpublished or rarely performed… There are some contented souls who can play the same music their whole life long… But I need change. I don’t know if this is good or bad, it’s just the way it is. … I think that unfortunately medieval music is in need of a certain rehabilitation: often its profundity is hidden behind its exoticism. I place the emphasis on the former aspects: profundity and seriousness.”Syntagma searches for the harmony of individual artistic expressions that belongs to the musical spirit of the Middle Ages and remains an aspiration of our times.

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