Ensemble Phoenix Munich

Ensemble Phoenix Munich was founded in 2003 by the American bass and lutenist Joel Frederiksen. For this Adriatic edition of Laus Polyphoniae the group compiled a programme with little known religious and secular music from 16th-century Croatia.

One of the composers who will get pride of place, is Andrea Antico da Montona. He secured his place in the history of music with the first printed volume of keyboard music: Frottole intabulate per sonar organi. Other names featuring on the programme are Franciscus Bossinensis (presumably of Bosnian extraction), Julije Javetić and Andrija Patricius. The concert ends with a Mass in four parts by Gabriello Puliti: a triumph of imitative polyphony, based on a madrigal by Palestrina.

Lydia Brotherton, soprano | Franz Vizthum, alt | Daniel Auchincloss, haute-contre  | Giovanni Cantarini, tenor | Tim Evans, tenor  |Joel Frederiksen, bass, lute & artistic direction | Michael Gondko, lute | Domen Marincic,  viol, virginal & organ

Work by Franciscus Bossinensis, Andrea Antico da Montona, Julije Javetić , Giovanni
Pierluigi da Palestrina, Gabriello Puliti en Andrija Patricius

Thanks to
Ensemble Phoenix Munich and Joel Frederiksen, director, would like to thank the following organizations and individuals for their invaluable help with the program “100 years of Croatian Music”:

The Centre d’études supérieures de la Renaissance (CESR) of Tours, director Philippe Vendrix and Vincent Besson, also of CESR, for the excellent performing editions of madrigals of Andrija Petris (transcriptions by Ennio and Francesco Pezzi) and the motets of Julije Skjavetić.

Carolina Mora Cordero for the transcription of the Messa da choro of Gabriello Puliti and Domen Marincic for editing.


Listen to Ensemble Phoenix Munich on their website

‘But the real gem here is the disc from the Munich-based Ensemble Phoenix, directed by the American abroad Mr. Frederiksen: a widely varied collection of musical Americana rendered with consistent beauty and restraint.’ (See Reviews of Rose of Sharon)
New York Times, July 28, 2011

‘Ensemble Phoenix makes ancient music come alive.’
Süddeutsche Zeitung, February 14, 2010