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Restoring Lost Songs: Boethius' Consolation of Philosophy


The CD Boethius: Songs of Consolation was released on 22 June 2018. A selection of reviews from the international press appears below.


The Sunday Times (8 July 2018): 'the singing of Benjamin Bagby and Hanna Marti, accompanied by medieval flutes and harps, will beguile any willing ear as they chart a human’s path from mortal fear to reconciliation'

The Times 4* (13 July 2018): 'Enormous ingenuity and scholarship went into making the pieces performable. The result is starkly hypnotic and purifying'.

Kulturradio 4* (16 July 2018): 'Die Gesänge des Bothius wirken archaisch, authentisch, ausdrucksreich und zuweilen auch meditativ. Sequentia ist damit wieder einmal ein ganz großer Wurf gelungen'.

Apraksin Blues (Russia, July 2018): 'Boethius Voiced by Sequentia'

[Review of the North American premiere of Sequentia's concert programme 'Boethius: Songs of Consolation' (Berkeley Early Music Festival, 7 June 2018) and interview with Benjamin Bagby]

MusicWeb International (August, 2018): 'genuinely revelatory in its restoration of what we had lost, and profound in the resonances it adds to one of the great European classics'

AllMusic 4.5* (August 2018): 'music a millennium or more distant in time seems immediate and involving. A fascinating release'

BBC Music Magazine 4* (October 2018): 'Sequentia brings the melodies to life with beautiful counterpoint'

Diapason 5* (October 2018): 'Les voix et les harpes de Benjamin Bagby et Hanna Marti, soutenus par la flûte veloutée de Norbert Rodenkirchen, ... rendent [le répertoire] captivant. Timbres droits, déclamation puissante, élocution cristalline: le charisme des chanteurs porte ces oeuvres sévères, l'inventivité et la richesse du jeu instrumental lui répondent par un souffle de fantaisie'.