ALBA CONSORT OPENS INTIMATE WINDOW ON THE PAST AT LOGAN CENTER

CHICAGO CLASSICAL REVIEW

BY TIM SAWYIER

The University of Chicago Presents series hosted the Alba Consort Friday night at the Logan Center for the Arts in a recital entitled “Earthly Love, Divine Love.” The program was comprised of secular and religious love songs from the medieval and Renaissance Mediterranean world—repertoire that has earned the four-member, period-instrument ensemble significant international attention.

The evening opened with “Al Alba Venid,” a sixteenth-century song by an anonymous composer. The word “alba”—from which the ensemble takes its name—can mean either “white” or “the white light of dawn,” and also refers to a genre of troubadour love song, the lyrics of which are usually the words of a lover to his mate in the pre-dawn hours. The Consort set the tone for the evening in this brief work, vocalist and artistic director Margo Gezairlian Grib singing the affecting ballad with effortlessly pure intonation.

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