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Posted October 1, 2010
These wonderful Italian dances are from a 14th century manuscript held by the British Library. Though melodically and structurally complex, they are monophonic--only one line of music. The challenge for groups of instrumentalists is to find appropriate ways for all their members to contribute. The European musicians of Ensemble Unicorn certainly rise to the challenge, and in a creative and rousing manner. Director and recorder player Michael Posch, fiddler and shawm player Marco Ambrosini, lutenist Thomas Wimmer, percussionist Wolfgang Reithofer, and hurdy-gurdy/harp/bagpipe player Riccardo Delfino have a spirited, good time romping through the up-tempo numbers, while reflecting meditatively on the gentler ones. The quality of this and the many other Ensemble Unicorn releases for Naxos is superb without qualification, but even moreso considering that the purchase prices are less than half of what most other CDs cost. I bought every Ensemble Unicorn recording I could get my hands on, and enjoy them all--varying styles of medieval and early Renaissance music from different ages and regions, but all very well done by this talented and innovative group! Look them up by searching for ¿Ensemble Unicorn¿--the titles are too long and numerous to cite here. If you like this particular recording and these 14th century Italian dances, you might also want to check out ¿Istanpitta!: A Medieval Dance Band¿ and ¿Istanpitta II: Medieval Dances¿ by New York¿s Ensemble for Early Music.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.