« On doit admirer sans réserve la qualité et la précision de l’exécution mais plus encore le travail sur la prononciation et de l’équilibre de la polyphonie. »
« Là encore, le niveau du choeur français impressionne par une fermeté d’accents et de lignes »
« L’amateur de voix [...] peut aller en toute confiance vers les seize voix de l’Ensemble Aedes. »
« The performance has such fierce intensity and exactitude that you cannot help but be drawn into it, ans the final blazing cry of "Liberté" has a tremendous impact. »
"Le choeur de chambre a cappella, fondé par Mathieu Romano, tissera dans un dialogue aussi éclairé que sensible les fils qui relient, sur la trame de mêmes textes religieux, la musique de Francis Poulenc, Tomas Luis de Victoria et Manuel de Falla."
"[...]vingt choristes-solistes d’Aedes, comme toujours éblouissants de musicalité et de plasticité vocale."
"Hier hat schon der neue Festivalchef Pablo Heras-Casado mit seinem Chor gesungen und hier ist jetzt zur heißen Mittagszeit unter kühlen gotischen Spitzengewölben aus Stein das wunderbare französische Vokalensemble Aedes unter seinem die Zwischenbemerkungen höflicherweise auf Spanisch formulierenden Leiter Mathieu Romano zu hören."
"Je voulais concilier les deux aspects : la précision, l’homogénéité, tout en travaillant sur les harmoniques, la brillance du son et en soignant le grand geste expressif et passionné. L’idéal sonore que je m’étais fixé, sans être aussi défini qu’aujourd’hui, était la quête d’un son direct doté d’une belle résonance."
"L’Ensemble Aedes et son chef Mathieu Romano ont livré une leçon de chant choral a cappella et avec orchestre. Les attaques de chant millimétrées et toujours douces, la diction aussi claire dans le pianissimo que dans le fortissimo, la beauté individuelle des voix et l’homogénéité globale pour exprimer les mêmes sensations captivent l’auditoire à chaque instant."
"The Aedes choir has great homogeneity and refinement."
"The excellence of Aedes’ performance deserves all the honour, as each chorister individually delivers a real theater performance without sacrificing musical nuances and colours."
"The choristers’ agility raises enthusiasm."
"The secondary roles are often excellent, as the absolutely delightful choir Aedes. Mathieu Romano’s work is outstanding."
"The choir Aedes offers an outstanding performance, the quality of the vocal result is never affected by the acting requirements."
"The choir Aedes proves it can do anything, singing well and perfectly acting as festive yuppies in suits."
"The choir - another character of Carmen - allows Aedes to prove once again what an extraordinary opera choir it became under Mathieu Romano’s direction."
"Above all, the outstanding performance of the Ensemble Aedes must be recognized : non content to deliver delightful musical moments, the choristers offer a real theater performance as well."
"Thomas Jolly took really care of directing the actors, the choristers - nice performance of Mathieu Romano’s Ensemble Aedes - as well as the leading roles."
"the automatiser movements of some members of the choir - the very homogeneous Ensemble Aedes - all this reminds industrialization and Tim Burton’s human machines."
"Laurent Campellone’s solid direction, the Ensemble Aedes’ homogeneity and an energetic Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France managed to recreate this Fantasio."
"And we must not forget another essential character in Fantasio : the choir. Used to the scenic world where he often works with its ensemble or as an invited conductor, Mathieu Romano managed to perfectly prepare Aedes’ singers."
"The Ensemble Aedes which was created by Mathieu Romano in 2005 became the opera choir everyone wants to hire."
"The professional choir founded by Mathieu Romano just turned 10 and is demanded by operas, festivals, orchestras without voices or needing back-up."
"This concert programme is as ambitious as the Ensemble Aedes is in its search for expression and musical quality."
"Under Mathieu Romano’s direction the ’turbae’, these fabulous crowd scenes (...) become dizzying, almost mind-blowing."
"When I founded Aedes, I had the desire to build a group whose aim was a permanent seeking for quality. (...) For me, Aedes is like a pursuit of a sound utopia."
" ’I want you to tell a story’ Mathieu Romano often asks to his singers during rehearsals. And it is precisely what is at stake in this St. John Passion."
"The quality lies in the articulation and the cohesion of those clear voices."
"The crowd scenes are embodied by a choir whose unity of tone of voice is remarkable - the colours are fading together and the nuances are at the service of the narration."
"At the top of their games, choir and soloists take care of technique and expressivity."
"Never ignoring preciseness of the polyphony and sharpness of the beginnings, the choir sings the ’turbae’ - the crowd scenes - as if we were in a musical drama."
"The choir owns all the required qualities : beauty of the voices, perfect homogeneity, breath unity, and above all it breathes together with its conductor."
"The 17 performers of the Ensemble Aedes thrilled to some songs by Jacques Brel and Barbara - more or less well-known - for a new journey in memories."
"The Ensemble Aedes was born of the envy to build a musical and human group, a team sharing the same vision of the ensemble music and the vocal music."
"Even if we regularly perform music of the 20th and 21st centuries, it is a first adventure with French variety ! Our envoy was to reach other scenes and other audiences, to open up beyond the classical music."
"We are looking for coherence and thus for human and musical cohesion. Then for me Aedes is above all a human adventure which requires for the singers to want to melt away into an ensemble and to listen to others."
"Those generous voices seem able to climb to the firmament and even beyond."
"All along this piece full of contrasts, both choirs answer to each other with homogeneity, in the baroque tradition of polychorality."
"What a marvellous result of homogeneity and balance, but it is above all the understanding of the text and the poetic thrill of the music which makes this a wonderful performance, deeply moving in its humanity."
"This musical meal is as tempting as generous and crossed without heaviness."
"The Ensemble Aedes demonstrates a great technical mastery and a striking sens of colours."
"From Samuel Barber to Billy Joel, including an energetic and choreographed Superfragilisticexpialodicious, the vocal ensemble thrilled the large audience."
"Brightness of the voices, perfect articulation, spotless ensembles... to sum up: performance at the highest level."
"The choir Aedes - very involved - is really impressive in the jewels the composer gave it."
"In less than a decade, the ensemble became one of the most asked ensembles, for concerts or for operas."
"Those two programmes are offered by two vocal ensembles (Aedes and Sequenza 9.3) which both already proved their excellence."
"The journey is thrilling, thanks to the perfectionism of the young ensemble."
"The sound of this ensemble is beautiful and accurate and this eccentric is superb."
"Aedes is a fantastic ensemble whose technicality is outstanding. It gives the rare and delightful impression to be composed by equally smart, responsible and talented artists."
"The proposal is thrilling."