Tasto Solo presents a captivating program, which explores the origins of polyphony in Europe, through a varied selection of motets, composed in the mid-13th century, along with other pieces characteristic of the Ars Antiqua and early Ars Nova as the organum-florido (Gregorian chant decorated with "flowers" according to medieval terminology), Latin sequences, instrumental pieces and extracts from the Ordinarium Missae, from the Codex Montpellier or the Codex of Las Huelgas.
The programme is played on the organ by one of its most virtuous performers, Guillermo Pérez, accompanied by the American soprano Anne-Kathryn Olsen, following the medieval practice of "intabulation" in which the small organ plays the lower voices, while the singer plays the upper one. This instrument, which was an icon during the Middle Ages to disappear completely at the beginning of the 16th century, has an enormous wealth of expressive possibilities, being able to produce sublime sounds with a beautiful and unique timbre. Both performers are able to recreate historical sound landscapes through an acoustic journey, in which the organetto is reborn in new contexts to relive the most brilliant times of its musical past.
THE FLOWER IN PARADIS. LITURGY AND 'LOVE IN THE ARS ANTIQUA
Anne-Kathryn Olsen, voice
Guillermo Perez, portative organ