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Sollazzo Ensemble

Sollazzo Ensemble

Sollazzo Ensemble was founded in 2014 in Basel and brings together musicians with a strong interest in late medieval and early renaissance repertoires.



Parle qui veut: Moralizing Songs of the Middle Ages
Parle qui veut: Moralizing Songs of the Middle Ages
This vibrant young ensemble offers a fresh perspective on mediaeval repertoire. 

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Sollazzo Ensemble 

Sollazzo Ensemble was founded in 2014 in Basel and brings together musicians with a strong interest in late medieval and early renaissance repertoires. The ensemble is directed by fiddle player Anna Danilevskaia and benefits from the different musical backgrounds of its members: while some of them come from Early Music families, others have found their calling via modern classical music, theatre or even musical.

The members of Sollazzo have profited from studies in institutions renowned for their specialisation in Early Music such as the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, the Esmuc in Barcelona and the CNSM in Paris, where the curriculum offered them diverse ways of approaching medieval repertoire and they enjoyed a constant stream of ideas and influences, before finding an autonomous path for the continuation of their work together.

In 2014 Sollazzo won Vier Jahreszeiten, an internal chamber music competition of the Schola Cantorum in cooperation with the foundation August Pickhardt, and was soon after selected for the young ensemble programme “eeemerging” (supported by Creative Europe), which gave them the opportunity to fully concentrate on musical matters during artistical residencies at the Abbey of Ambronay, the Collegio Ghislieri and the Seviqc Brežice Festival.

Apart of its concert activity, the ensemble has collaborated with the Italian Fondazione Franceschini (Florence) and Fondazione Cini (Venice), in the context of international seminars and symposiums bringing together musicologists, philologists and specialist on Italian medieval music.

In 2015 Sollazzo won the York Early Music International Young Artists Prize, as well as being rewarded by the public with the Friends of York Early Music Festival Prize, and in addition to that won the Cambridge Early Music Prize.


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Gramophone Announces 2018 Awards Shortlist
02 August 2018
Sollazzo Ensemble's debut is featured!
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Sollazzo Ensemble named BBC 'Choice'
23 January 2018
Another five star review!
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Sollazzo Ensemble Receives A Diapason D'Or
03 January 2018
For 'Parle qui veut'
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Two Linn Recordings Named On Longlist
03 January 2018
For the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik
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Sollazzo Ensemble's Debut Named Disc Of The Year
30 December 2017
The Arts Desk critic names his top recording of 2017
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All Music Announces The Best Recordings Of 2017
21 December 2017
Four Linn recordings named
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Watch Sollazzo Ensemble Perform
12 October 2017
Watch the brand new video
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YEMF Young Artist Competition Winners Announced
13 July 2015
Sollazzo Ensemble wins a recording contract with Linn
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musica Dei donum
'Lovers of medieval music should not miss these two discs. I am looking forward to the ensemble's next projects.'
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Toute la Culture
'Ici, l’Art subtilior de l’Italie du Nord et des « cansos » (chansons) plus intériorisées de France sont magnifiquement déployéspar les chanteurs Perrine Devillers, Yukie Sato,et Vivien Simon.'
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Diapason
Diapason d'or: Prises de son d'exception
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BBC Music Magazine
4½ Stars
Choral & Song Choice: '...a magical sound-carpet of music...altogether an impressive and revelatory first recording from the Sollazzo Ensemble...'
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Le Soir
'C'est tout l'attrait de cet enregistrement où des chants de moralité sont revisités avec une grâce presque spontanée qui en détaille les délices et les volutes vocaux.'
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All Music
4½ Stars
Best of 2017: 'The ensemble's pure instrumental sonorities and virtuosic singing make this album a delightful introduction to medieval music, and the recorded sound makes the listening experience a pleasure.'
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Diapason
Diapason d'Or: 'The musicians led by Anna Danilevskaia bring a bold freshness to these songs, which, driven by their passion, reveal a bright and picturesque Middle Ages.'
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Early Music Review
'...when I put on this CD I was instantly captivated by the superb performances...Magical!'
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Early Music America
'This is an exceptional performance; it is full of vitality and enthusiasm, facility and flexibility...'
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BBC Radio 3 'Record Review'
'These ancient works come off the page with a freshness and immediacy that’s compelling...Quite a debut!'
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The Arts Desk
Disc of the Year: 'Sollazzo Ensemble's exuberant collection of medieval songs is my disc of the year.'


Culturopoing
'Vivant et piquant sont deux adjectifs qui pourraient merveilleusement définir la prestation de l'Ensemble Sollazzo qui livre un premier disque concis et brillant, courageux par le nombre de musiques rares, voire inédites, qu'il propose.'
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De Standaard
Critics’ Choice – #4 Best Recording of 2017: 'Medieval enchantment! These newcomers...are so incredibly promising.'
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Giornale Della Musica
'This music requires attentive listening and should be savored slowly...in order to capture all the nuances, allusions, metaphors and classic references of this refined and at times enigmatic art.'
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The Arts Desk
'This is an exceptional release, and the most enjoyable early music collection I've encountered...It's phenomenal: excitement, sensuality and sheer fun abound.'
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Gramophone
Editor's Choice: 'This has to be one of the most exciting and engaging releases of medieval song in recent years...absolutely bewitching.'
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The Sunday Times
'The Sollazzo Ensemble brilliantly express text and flavour.'
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Wunderkammern
'Of all the recordings of medieval music that I have been given to listen to this year, Parle qui veut is probably one of the best...'
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Stretto
'Very, very special. Not to be missed.'
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The Observer
4 Stars
'This imaginative debut album from the prize-winning six-member young Sollazzo Ensemble is a landmark: a wholly original approach to the secular music of the 14th century, done with energy and flair.'
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iTunes
'It’s hard to imagine this music performed more vibrantly.'
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