Long before country-and-western songwriters discovered the joy of expressing heartache, musicians of Elizabethan England were all over it.
A review of the Dufay Collective concert – by Sara Hessel, , music director and producer of “Ancient Voices” on Austin’s KMFA 89.5.
…I couldn’t believe my luck when I heard that the UK-based Dufay Collective would be performing in Houston! I’ve been a fan of their spirited performances for years, and have played their excellent recordings on Ancient Voices many times. Their program of 16th- and 17th-century English music was sheer joy to listen to. Vocalist Vivien Ellis seemed to have stepped right out of one of Henry VIII’s Christmas revels with her clarion tone, excellent diction and storyteller’s sense. Especially memorable was an anonymous ballad called “To drive the cold winter away,” and the very moving “Thys endere nyghyt,” gorgeously arranged by director William Lyons. It was fascinating to watch the players switch effortlessly from one instrument to another: Mr. Lyons played flute, recorder, curtal (an ancestor of the bassoon) and bagpipes!…
Dufay brings music from the past to the present
By COLIN EATOCK
Published 10:46 a.m., Friday, December 9, 2011
England’s Dufay Collective has been exploring Medieval and Renaissance music since 1987. In those years, they’ve released 10 recordings and have performed all over the world, from Morocco to Australia – but never before in Texas.
That will change Sunday when Houston Early Music brings the group to town to present To Drive the Cold Winter Away – Christmas Revelry in Renaissance England at Christ Church Cathedral.
Earlier this week, Dufay Collective artistic director William Lyons spoke from London about his ensemble, the program they’ll present in Houston – and his experiences in the film business.
Q:What can you say about the music you’ll be performing?
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From October issue of arts + culture magazine
An article by Colin Eatock in Houston Chronicle about the upcoming concert
,,,, But for La Donna Musicale’s music director, gambistLaury Gutiérrez, the music of female composers active in the baroque era has been a passion for 20 years. Her ensemble – which varies in size from about six to eight musicians, depending on the repertoire – has played more than 100 concerts in the U.S., Europe and South America. (Sunday’s concert will mark the group’s second appearance in Houston.) Continue reading
Joel Luks, culturemap Houston
… The music was sublime. Playing with virtuosic musicality, sensitivity and poise, members Bart Spanhove, Tom Beets, Joris Van Goethem and Paul Van Loey exploited the limits of the recorder, often changing instruments and role to suit the composition, even using humor where appropriate.Continue reading
By CHARLES WARD
Oct. 4, 2010, 12:10PMThe Route to the New World: Spain to Mexico, the joint season-opening program of Da Camera and Houston Early Music, brimmed with news and dazzling entertainment. Chron.com – Houston Chronicle
From Matthew Dirst The Real Quill- Red Priest red hot!
Red Priest gave an amazing performance tonight for Houston Early Music, complete with their trademark rearrangements of famous Vivaldi concerti and Halloween-inspired shenanigans. These four players, led by recorder virtuoso Piers Adams, have been compared to the Rolling Stones (among other groups), and now I see why. They play with an enthusiasm that goes well beyond the familiar swaying and ducking of even the most physical of early music practitioners. It’s a fascinating combination of both spot-on playing with the imagination — and sheer nerve — of the best jazzers or rock musicians. Utterly fascinating, though some of the music — particularly the Corelli "Folia" at the end — came completely apart in their hands, though no one there (myself included) seemed to mind!