Crescendo February 2011
FULL OF PASSION
Early music is synonymous with the
quest for the most authentic approach to performing music from the
Middle Ages to the Baroque. These specialized performers with a
grounding in intensive research prefer to use original instruments.
Many of them convince with a combination of know-how and seriousness.
Pantagruel lays another trump card on the table: PASSION. When this, in
2002 founded trio on their new CD “Nymphidia” intone songs of the
Elizabethan period, every note, particularly by Anna Maria Wierød is
brimming with heart & soul. But this is also the case from Mark
Wheeler and Dominik Schneider who accompany the Danish singer with
flute and lute. Together, the three revel in melancholic dumps, but
also in terpsichorean lightness. This is Early music exploring new
paths, inspired by the motto of Pantagruel, the hero of Rabelais'
novel, “Do what thou wilt!”
Antoinette Schmelter de Escoba