The Pan-European Sollazzo Ensemble, winners of the 2015 York Early Music Competition, brings its vivid style of performance to intimate and profound music that still speaks to us through the centuries. The program presents a fascinating example of a 15th century English cultural export: the so-called contenance angloise or English manner. This distinctive style of polyphony, developed in fifteenth-century England, took Europe by storm, revolutionizing musical techniques and taste. Initiated by John Dunstaple and Walter Frye, this English style was adopted by composers such as Dufay and Binchois and introduced to the Burgundian Court, the epicentre of musical innovation at that time.
Tonight’s program was recorded live in concert October 26, 2018 in St. George’s Church, Brighton, England. Thanks to WFMT’s association with the European Broadcasting Union, we’re able to offer tonight’s program as a stream from May 2 through May 31. A blue “Listen” button will appear below when the stream is available.