CULTURE

Medieval music by Greek ensembles

A new album featuring both musical and historical interest, ?Nell? autunno di Bisanzio,? was recently recorded by the Ex Silentio and Ensemble Arkys ensembles with the participation of vocalist Theodora Baka.

Released by Germany?s Talanton records, the album presents pleasant music compositions stemming from Italy, France and the Byzantine Empire, all dating from the first half of the 15th century.

?The CD includes works by Guillaume Du Fay and his contemporaries, works relating to landmark historical events which marked Byzantium?s relationship with the West,? said Dimitris Kountouras, Ex Silentio?s artistic director.

?The album is the first-ever recording of Medieval European music made by Greek musicians. While presenting music by well-known, early Renaissance, French-Flemish composer Du Fay, it also features largely unknown works from the same period by composers Beltrame Feragut, Johannes Legrant, Guglielmo Ebreo da Pesaro and Emmanuel Chrisafis.?

A recorder soloist, Kountouras lives in Vienna and regularly visits Athens to appear in concerts and recitals. Together with accordionist Konstantinos Raptis, they form the Duo Golliardi. ?Nell?autunno di Bisanzio? is a product of Kountouras?s research on the history of music and his initiative to promote long-forgotten composers of the past.

For more information and orders, visit www.raumklang-laden.de/ and www.ex-silentio.org