panta rhei

The recorder ensemble panta rhei brings the flowing sound and timeless beauty of polyphonic music of the Renaissance to a contemporary audience.
Five-part consort music had its origins in England. Many well-known English composers of the 16th and 17th centuries wrote for this particularly sonorous grouping of instruments. The compositions written during the time of Shakespeare and Queen Elizabeth I exhibit a great multitude of compositional forms.
Virtuoso dance music and popular folktunes were as much a part of life during the English Renaissance as were melancholy secular works and contemplative sacred pieces.
The ensemble performs on modern reconstructions of Renaissance recorders built according to historic designs. The thirteen-piece consort ranges from the soprano recorder to the two-meter-long contrabass recorder. This collection of instruments offers a large and varied tonal palette for musical expression. In pieces based on vocal models, panta rhei makes full use of the richly mingling sounds of the consort. The tonal individuality of each instrument subtly delineates the music’s artfully structured polyphony. The ensemble sound of panta rhei is light, well-blended, and dynamically refined.

Historical performance practices form the basis of the ensemble’s musical performance. Study of the sources, improvisation, and a joy in experimentation influence and shape the ensemble’s music making.
The ensemble panta rhei was founded in 1995 by five Berlin musicians. The ensemble members are Gabriele Bultmann, Robert Colban, Juliane Ebeling, Christian Hagitte and Margarete Sendelbach. In addition to studying recorder in Berlin, Milan and Vienna, the members have also studied chant, harpsichord, piano and recording engineering and have performed in other ensembles for contemporary music, medieval music, pop, and traditional music.

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