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Posted: Friday, December 20, 2013 5:00 am

Art Sheinberg believes Renaissance music is undergoing a second renaissance. The oversold house at Christ Lutheran Church for Música Antigua de Albuquerque’s performance in Santa Fe on Sunday, Dec. 15, was a testament to his assertion; but though the music was masterfully brought to life, this reviewer must confess to feeling stuck in the dark ages.

A few days prior to the show, the founding member of the early-music ensemble told Pasatiempo, “One of the indicators of how popular [medieval and Renaissance] music has become is that now they’re making violas da gamba in China.” Sheinberg himself plays the instrument, a six-stringed viol that dates back to the 15th century. He estimated that he and his wife Colleen Sheinberg (also a founding member of the ensemble) possess about 80 reproductions of early-music instruments — besides gambas, lutes, rebecs, and other stringed instruments, their collection includes reeded instruments like the rankett, cornemuse, and shawm, as well as flutes, recorders, percussion instruments, and more.

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