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An «entrée fracassante» in the world of Renaissance poliphony, according to the French Magazine «Diapason».

The Odhecaton Ensemble, since its start in 1998, has won some of the most prestigious record awards. According to critics, it has created, in the field of poliphonic performance, a new way of interpreting early music, that is based on the declamation of the text.

The vocal Ensemble takes its name from Harmonice Musices Odhecaton, the first music printed book, published in Venice by Ottaviano Petrucci in 1501.

Its favourite repertoire consists mainly in music by Italian e Flemish composers, who were active in Italy between the 15th and 16th centuries.

Some of the best Italian male voices, specialized in the performance of Renaissance and Baroque music, sing in Odhecaton under the conducting of the singer, organist and musicologist Paolo Da Col.

The Ensemble has so far recorded eight CD which programmes are dedicated to the music of Nicolas Gombert, Heinrich Isaac, Francisco de Peñalosa (Bongiovanni), Josquin Desprez (Assai), Loyset Compère, Picardie Masters (Ramée). It has moreover been engaged in recording the rich repertoire of 17th century Spanish and Portuguese poliphony of the Canary Islands and Palestrina.

The group has taken part to some of the most important European Festivals and has achieved the best record awards: the cd De Passione (Josquin Desprez) has obtained the prizes diapason d’or de l’année and choc (Diapason and Le Monde de la Musique); the cd La Spagna (Heinrich Isaac) has been cd of the Year 2003 (Goldberg). Odhecaton’s repertoire includes also the Amfiparnaso by Orazio Vecchi, featuring the actor Enrico Bonavera and the scenography by Lele Luzzati.

Since 2008 Odhecaton is focusing its attention and its interpretative commitment to the sacred music by Palestrina, Gesualdo da Venosa, Claudio Monteverdi and to the contemporary repertoire which includes music by Sciarrino, Scelsi, Pärt, Rihm. In 2010 Odhecaton received two Diapason d’Or thanks to the recording of O gente brunette and Missa Papae Marcelli di Palestrina; this last record has met the unanimous critic success. In february 2012 the new recording has been completed and issued with the label Ricercar (Outhere), dedicated to the missa In illo tempore  by Claudio Monteverdi, recorded in Mantova in the Basilica di S. Barbara (label Ricercar). This cd includes also three inedited motets by Monteverdi.




Singer, organist, conductor and musicologist, Paolo Da Col completed his musical studies in Bologna and, from the beginning, he turned his interest to the Renaissance and Baroque music repertoire. For over twenty years he has been a member of several Italian vocal ensembles, including the Cappella di S. Petronio in Bologna and the Ensemble Istitutioni Harmoniche. Since 1998 he is Odhecaton ensemble’s conductor, as well as others vocal and instrumental groups specialized in the Baroque repertoire. He teaches at the Trieste Conservatory. Together with Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini, Da Col leads the magazine L’Organo, writes for the Giornale della Musica and other specialized musical magazines and he directs the music catalogue of the publisher Arnaldo Forni in Bologna. Besides, he is the curator of instrumental music editions, author of catalogues of musical stocks and essays about the history of Renaissance and Pre - Classic vocal music. He is working on Rossini's opera omnia critical edition.