Piacere dei Traversi

Piacere dei traversi is an early music ensemble integrated by Carmen Botella (soprano), Silvia Rodríguez, Laura Palomar and Marisa Esparza (traversos) that performs Renaissance music by means of one of the most refined and appreciated instrumental combinations of that time: the Renaissance transverse flute consort, a sound experience as rich in nuances and colours as is rarely presented to the public. 

Vita Christi de Isabel de Villena

Música y literatura a la corona de Aragón
Piacere dei Traversi

This recording vindicates the figure of Sister Isabel de Villena (1430-1490), abbess of the convent of the Holy Trinity of the Poor Clares in Valencia and the first known female writer in Catalan, by means of a musical recreation of her only preserved work, that has deserved Universal recognition, Vita Christi. This constitutes a narration of the New Testament from a point of view that might be considered “protofeminist”, since many chapters of the work are dedicated, not so much to the narration of the facts of Jesus, but to the description of the resonances that these facts had in Mary. Furthermore, the Abbess chooses from the Gospels, whenever possible, those passages in which women, directly or indirectly, appear as decisive co-protagonists, or tries to focus them in a way that one woman or another is in the foreground.