ClubMediéval, the ensemble of fiddle and viol player Thomas Baeté made its debut two summers ago at Laus Polyphoniae 2010. For the present Adriatic festival edition the group gets steeped in Venetian music of the late Middle Ages. On the programme are polyphonic works that were composed for the doges of the late 14th and the early 15th century.

More music has been preserved of Johannes Ciconia, of Liège, than of any other composer ca. 1400. By contrast, the Italian Antonius Romanus is only known to us through seven transmitted compositions. You will hear them today for the first time on a contemporary concert stage. It transpires that stylistically the oeuvre of Romanus owes a lot to Ciconia, who was an example for nearly all composers of the quattrocento in Venice.

Markéta Cukrová, mezzo-soprano | Patrizia Hardt, mezzo-soprano | Andrew Hallock,  counter tenor | Raffaele Giordani, tenor | Daan Verlaan, tenor | Simen Van Mechelen, trombone | Dimos de Beun, gothic organ | Thomas Baeté, fiddle & artistic direction

Work by Antonius Romanus, Johannes Ciconia e.a.