Ensemble Cantilena Antiqua, which was founded by Stefano Albarello in Bologna (Italy) in 1987, consists of musicians who specialize in performing both sacred and profane repertories of the Middle Age and the Renaissance. Ensemble Cantilena Antiqua is present in several International Festivals such as: Festival Voix et Route Romaine (F), Il Canto delle Pietre (I), Festival van Vlaanderen (B), International Festival of Lubljana and Brezice (SLO), Festival International Terra de Troubadours (E), Festival de l'Ile de France (F) and goes in many Europian Countries: Belgium, France, Slovenja, Croatia, Spain. Some of your concerts have been proposed in National Radio and Television in Italia, Belgium, Spain, Germany, Croatia e Slovenja

L'Ensemble Cantilena Antiqua fondato da Stefano Albarello nel 1987 a Bologna, è formato da musicisti specializzati nell'esecuzione di repertori sia sacri che profani del Medioevo e del primo Rinascimento. L'Ensemble Cantilena Antiqua è presente nei principali Festivals di musica antica italiani ed esteri oltre che in prestigiose rassegne concertistiche e manifestazioni celebrative di rilievo internazionale. Si è esibito tra gli altri in Belgio, Francia, Spagna, Croazia e Slovenia, loro esecuzioni sono state trasmesse da varie emittenti radiofoniche del mondo; hanno inoltre eseguito concerti per la Radio Nazionale Italiana, Belga, Tedesca, Croata e della Slovenia.


Sacred music

Canticum Canticorum - the sacred symbol of the love in the Middle ages (XII - XIV cent.). 8 elements voices and instruments.

Claustrum Beatitudinis - latin lauds from Monastery of Saint Colombano in Bobbio XIII - XIV cent. 9 elements voices and instruments.

O spem Miram - Office and Mass for Saint Domenico according to the song of the Order of the Preachers XIII cent. 5 voices

Neophytos - song of Holy Week from byzantine - latin chant in Italy (IX - XI cent.) and libanese orthodox chant in arabic - greek language. 7 elements voices (libanese singer) and oriental instruments.

Cantus Planus - Discantus - the liturgic polyphonic singing in Italy (XIII - XIV cent.) 5 elements voices

Sybilla Caelestium Revelationum - the female mystic universe in the mi singings in the visions of Hildegard from Bingen. 9 elements famale voices and instruments.

Missa Italica super contrafactum - parodic missa on profan ballade of Ars Nova (XIV - XV cent.) 3 male voices

Como Santa Maria destruyu los mouros - story of morish and christian mi in Spain medieval of the XIII century (XIII cent.) 4 elements voices and instruments

Danielis Ludus - the play of XIII cent. 40 elements (voices and intruments), show in scenic form.

Profane music

Ondas do mar - mediterranean love songs of the XIII cent. 4 elements

Berenguer e Martin - el cantar de amor in Spain (XII - XIII cent.). 4 elements

Aines - provencial mystery of XV cent. show in scenic form. 10 elements

Novelle di G. Sercambi - with the musics of the Ars Nova 6 elements, voices instruments and an actor

Dido, Orpheus, Phebus, Parnasus ... - music at Ferrara in the XV cent. 6 elements voices and instruments

Ballatas and Madrigals during the Signoria of Paolo Guinigi (XV cent.) 8 elements, voices and instruments

Ethnic Baroc Porject
Turcherie e altre diavolerie - music to ottoman fashion la between XVII mi XIX cent. 4 elements

Lo Guarracino, tarantellas, calacionates and
Neapolitan arias at the end of the 18th century

Maybe for too long the repertoire, nowadays known as "Neapolitan song", has mixed genres and centuries making the survival possible of numerous songs of the 18th century, re-examined by the singers of the genre. For a long time the research of the popular traditions has tried to forget the heritage of the 18th century, so to say songs "of the salons", ignoring the fact that it actually contributed to hand down a lot of these precious songs, that we would like to present. Besides a few manuscripts, containing sources of the 17th and 18th century, there is a precious document called "I passatempi musicali" commissioned by Guglielmo Cottrau at the beginning of the 19th century which has saved many of these melodies from the loss of memory. At the same time this illustrates a way of listening to the tarantellas, calacionates and Neapolitan arias also widespread in the "salons" of the bourgeoisie. Never the less the survived oral tradition, which is still alive, delivered us a few other starting points who allow us to identify other compositions of an ancient origin. That is, in fact, how the idea grew to recreate the sound and atmosphere, maybe in a way more cultured, but certainly from an acoustical point of view very close to that time. The sound of the ancient instruments and the musical practice allow us to perform today the famous songs of the genre with an "ancient "taste. This could be a meeting point where cultured and popular traditions meet each other. And also what the voice concerns, we remark that it assumes a different character, re-echoing the voices of the Neapolitan sopranists (very requested in many courts) and embodying a particular taste for the virtuous "embroidery" of the voice and instruments.
Ensemble Cantilena Antiqua - dir. Stefano Albarello
Stefano Albarello: countertenor, ancient guitar, battente guitar, mandolin
Paolo Faldi: recorder, baroque oboe
Gianfranco Russo: viola da braccio, mandolin
Cecilia Amadori: baroque cello
Stefano Rocco: archlute, baroque guitar
Marco Muzzati: percussions


Canticum Canticorum, the Sacred Symbol of Love in medieval musical tadition during. XII - XIII cent. world premiere recording

Claustrum Beatitudinis, latins Lauds from the Monastery of Saint Colombano in Bobbio, XIII - XIV cent.

O spem miram, Office and Mass for St. Domenico according to the song of the Preachers. XIII - XIV sec. world premiere recording

Ondas do mar, el canto de amor en el Mediterraneo del siglo XIII.

Aines, provenzal mystery play XV century (Live recording)

l Viaggio della Fede, II Millennium of Christ. (Sponsor Iubilaeum 2000)

Ballatas and Madrigals, during the Signoria of Paolo Guinigi (XV cent.)

Listen to Cantilena Antiqua

Canticum Canticorum
Claustrum Beatitudinis
O spem miram


ipse dixit
"... Our research into the ancient musical repertory includes an attentive examination of a wide range of different musical tradition so as to reach a reliable sound each time changing our musical and vocal staff on account of the customs and traditions of the stated period".

"... In proposing our musical material we intend to foreshorten a variety of different musical and cultural traditions which constitute a patrimony of vital importance."

More info, contacts
Ensemble Cantilena Antiqua
direttore Stefano Albarello
via Mazzini 46 - 40138 Bologna (I)
tel/fax (+39) 051 343491