Five Centuries Ensemble

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The Five Centuries Ensemble (1971-1984) was an early music ensemble in Paris and Italy during the 1970 and early 1980s. It was one of the first groups preceding the revival of interest in early music and historically informed performance of baroque music in the mid-1970s and 1980s.

The group's founding members were counter-tenor and composer John Patrick Thomas, cellist Marijke Verberne, and American soprano Carol Plantamura.[1] William Christie (harpsichordist) - following his 1971 first recording with the Parisian musicologist Geneviève Thibault de Chambure (Neuilly-sur-Seine 1902 – Strasbourg 1975).[2] Other members included American soprano Judith Nelson.

After the departure of Christie and Nelson to focus on baroque music with René Jacobs' Concerto Vocale in 1976, the remaining members of the Five Centuries Ensemble turned more to contemporary music.

Discography[edit]

  • Gagliano, Marco da Musice a una, due e tre voci; Sacrae cantiones. Five Centuries Ensemble. Italia ITL [3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Carol Plantamura When in Emilia Romagna "... was a founding member of Musica Elettronica Viva, Rome; Teatro Musica, Rome; and 2e2m, Champigny (Paris). She founded and performed with the Five Centuries Ensemble specializing in the performance of 17th and 20th century music."
  2. ^ International Who's who in Music and Musicians' Directory Page 115 David M. Cummings - 2000 -WILLIAM CHRISTIE Career: Teacher, Dartmouth College, 1970-71; Member, Five Centuries Ensemble, France, 1971-75; Concerto Vocale, 1976-80; Founder-Director, Les Arts Florissants, 1979-; Teacher, Innsbruck Summer Academy for Early Music, 1977-83; ..."
  3. ^ Cum notis variorum: the newsletter of the Music Library Issues 109-118 University of California, Berkeley. Music Library - 1987 "Five Centuries Ensemble. Italia ITL 70026; LI 1659. Gagliano, Marco da Musice a una, due e tre voci; Sacrae cantiones. Five Centuries Ensemble. Italia ITL "