The ceremonial banquet music begins with shawms and bombardes. The troupe led by Rainer Böhm demonstrates a wide-ranging spectrum of tone colour.
Italian leaping dances at breakneck speed gave some idea of the lust for life that animated the medieval soul and the world of the 14th and 15th century.
The musicians added to their highly virtuosic instrumental playing by presenting the mostly French texts with great humour and dramatic art, allowing their audience to appreciate the musical joke, the sadness of a melody or the reason for a dance of joy ... a concert that gave great pleasure.
The varied nature of the works, the ever-changing timbres and the evident professionalism of the research and the resultant performance tamed the strangeness of these unusual sounds. We stand amazed by the art of those times.
Potsdamer Neueste Nachrichten
...Rainer Böhm (single-hand pipe/drum) succeeded in capturing the atmosphere that we associate with the magic and mystery of the Wunderkammer.
The love song "O rosa bella" was particularly beautiful, like a heartfelt plea, the clear soprano of Maria Köpcke soaring above its instrumental accompaniment.
This early music flows along with seeming effortlessness. In reality, however, it is full of rhythmic drama. Ultimately one succumbs to its charms.
Heidenheimer Neue Presse
The musicians proved themselves a thoroughly homogeneous ensemble, in full mastery of their instruments, even if such perfection is itself a commentary upon our times.
An ensemble which deserves the copious applause it received.
The group's ensemble playing was uniquely good. The audience grew more and more enthusiastic in the course of the evening, expressing their thanks with vast applause.
The often artfully interwoven rhythms, the subtle melismas of the melody instruments, communicated with such immediacy that the gap of five hundred years seemed to vanish and the audience thronging round the band went into raptures of enthusiasm.
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung