Welcome to the official Gravitación website. The quartet with guest performers are proud to present virtuosic programs of early music. Our focus is under-performed repertoire of the medieval, renaissance and baroque periods.
Gravitación's new CD 'Le stagioni - The Seasons' Reviewed in Early Music America:
'[The ensemble's] members have outstanding training and glittering background with some of America’s most well-known ensembles. The program—madrigals by Schütz, Rossi, D’India, Luzzaschi, Monteverdi, and Peri—is the sort of varied menu that works extremely well in concert, with a variety of related styles all from the seconda prattica of the early 17th century. The vocal blend of the five singers is marvelous, with the combined sound warm and expressive without ever losing purity, and the intonation is excellent throughout, even in the difficult chromaticisms of the works by Luzzaschi and D’India. Individual voices show their quality and qualities in the various pieces with reduced forces, including some warhorses (Monteverdi’s Zefiro torna, and the duo which ends his Poppea), and accompanist Michel Angers has a beautiful solo Ciaccona by Piccinini. There’s not a weak link in the group. If I were writing 20 years ago, I would have said that such a truly world-class band deserved a long-term contract with a major label. Given the parlous state of things in 2011, I can only tell connoisseurs to snap up a copy of this disc and pray that Gravitación manages to continue to work together at such an excellent level. —Tom Moore
"Gravitación Puts Fresh Life in Early Music" "All three of the singers have exceptional voices in solo contexts. When heard in trio format, the three voice blended very well...The performers showed an obvious delight in sharing this light-hearted and often humorous fare with their audience...It was here (in French part songs) that the group's fine musicality and sense of ensemble was shown to best effect...Gravitación is a first-rate early music ensemble" The News-Gazette
Call (217) 390-4480 for concert and booking details.
509 West William Street
Champaign, Illinois 61820