Another exciting aspect of early music is that there is so much of it that is “new”–forgotten long ago yet rediscovered through forensic scholarship. Sequentia is the best at this for Medieval music–not only doing the research, but knowing how to bring the key manuscripts to musical life. The earthiness of form and expression, the way this music is so close to the body, and their great skill at improvising, are unique on the classical landscape. This music sets a standard for beauty, of course, and to this Sequentia connected the original cultural context and revealed its substantial sophistication.
Read his original review of the concert here.