The Odhecaton Ensemble – founded in 1998 – has won some of
the most prestigious record awards.
The vocal Ensemble takes its name from Harmonice Musices
Odhecaton, the first book of printed music which was published in Venice by
Ottaviano Petrucci in 1501.
The group’s preferred repertoire consists mainly of music by
Italian and Flemish composers, who were active in Italy between the 15th and
Some of the best Italian male vocalists specialising in the
performance of Renaissance and Baroque music perform in Odhecaton under the
conducting of singer, organist and musicologist Paolo Da Col.
The Ensemble has so far recorded eight dedicated to the
music of Nicolas Gombert, Heinrich Isaac, Francisco de Penalosa (Bongiovanni),
Josquin Desprez (Assai), Loyset Compère and Picardie Masters (Ramée). It has
moreover been engaged in recording the rich repertoire of 17th century Spanish
and Portuguese poliphony of the Canary Islands and Palestrina.
The group has taken part to some of the most important
European Festivals and has won such prizes as the diapason d’or de l’année and
choc (Diapason and Le Monde de la Musique. Odhecaton’s repertoire includes also
the Amfiparnaso by Orazio Vecchi, featuring the actor Enrico Bonavera and the
scenography by Lele Luzzati.