Design by Austin Boyer
Shoulder to Shoulder in Front of the Choir Book – Mittelbayerische
REGENSBURG. It is the image that will be remembered by the visitors of the night concert on Pentecost Sunday in the Dominican Church: The vocalists of CutCircle from the USA are crowded in front of a large choir book, shoulder to shoulder. Jesse Rodin positions himself as “primus inter pares” on the podium, gives the impulses and leafs through the huge pages of the “Missa Ecce ancilla domini” by Guillaume Du Fay. This is authentic performance practice at its finest and at the end of the concert created a completely new, dense sound culture compared to the usual choral setting of the evening.
Under the ambiguous, perhaps also ironically conceived concert title “My Fair Lady”, works of Marian devotion concealed, contrasted by courtly chansons of the 15th century. The Renaissance world did little to separate spiritual and secular love and veneration in music. The intelligent program interweaves motets and chansons by Du Fay, Antoine Busnoys and Johannes Ockeghem.
The eight singers performed in various formations, always in the best intonation and an incredible sovereignty in the design of highly complex scores. It was also amazing how a troupe of fully-fledged individualists with character voices came together to form such a homogeneous body of sound, sometimes even merging it. Beautiful sound was not the goal. Very tightly oriented on the lyrics, the music was also gripping and powerful. Also at the closing fair, standing very close together. The breath of the other in the neck. This picture will stay.