Ensemble Leones have previously released ‘Les Fantaisies de Josquin’ on Christophorus.
Now the new album of instrumental music by Renaissance composer Alexander Agricola ‘Colours in the Dark’ is due for release on April 8 on the Christophorus label. The disc features a number of recorded premieres, including a setting ofLe serviteur by Agricola, based on Dufay’s famous chanson, and an untitled joint-composition, which Agricola is thought to have written together with Johannes Ghiselin. Also on the album are several chansons which formed the basis of Agricola’s instrumental re-workings, and two new pieces byGramophone critic Fabrice Fitch, inspired by Agricola and designed for a modern-day audience. The album also includes the first recorded reconstruction of a 15th-century Italian cetra, the only known metal strung instrument in Europe of that time, and a cornetto, which, despite being widely used throughout the 15th century, is rarely heard in modern period performances.
And an album dedicated to the Medieval Minnesinger Neidhart on Naxos. ‘Colours in the Dark’ is due for release on April 8, 2013.