After a wonderful few months of concerts across the UK and Europe, including our debuts at the St Magnus International Festival in Orkney and for the Tage Alter Musik Regensburg, where we gave a late-night performance of our ‘An Emerald in a Work of Gold’ programme with the Rose Consort of Viols to an appreciative audience of nearly 1,000, we’re now looking ahead to a busy season of Autumn and Winter concerts.
In the meantime, we’re delighted to see two new CD reviews, one of our 2014 ‘Christmas with the Shepherds’ release and another of our upcoming ‘Loquebantur – Music from the Baldwin Partbooks’, which is released in early October.
Of the former, Glyn Pursglove for Musicweb International commented that ‘Here, if it were ever needed, is triumphant proof that the best of ‘Christmas’ music, when it is good and is performed to the highest standards, quite transcends its occasioning season and rewards listening throughout the year. Even listened to during a Welsh midsummer – by turns windy, wet and sunny – the music on this fine disc by the Marian Consort is ravishingly beautiful and full of quiet fervour…The whole, quite apart from making enrichingly beautiful listening, is a miniature course of instruction in the practice of imitation, one of the fundamental tenets of Renaissance thought and teaching in all the arts.‘ To read the full review, click here.
Guy Weatherall gives ‘Loquebantur’ 5 stars in the latest edition of ‘Classical Music’, saying that ‘Much of the repertoire in this engaging and thoughtfully-planned programme will be unfamiliar, a collection curated by John Baldwin. And it is a measure of his discriminating, adventurous tastes as well as the commitment and talent of the performers here recorded so well, that there is not a single unappealing moment. Be equally adventurous and investigate!‘
‘Christmas with the Shepherds’ is available, along with all of our previous CDs, from the Recordings page of our website.
‘Loquebantur – Music from the Baldwin Partbooks’ will be on general release from early October, and is available in advance of this exclusively to Friends of the Marian Consort: for more information, and to become a Friend, visit the Support Us page of our website.