For our latest album The Marian Consort and The Illyria Consort join forces for this stunning programme of sacred and secular music from the 17th-century Dalmatian coast. It was a time in which constant movement of people and trade of goods created linguistic and cultural cross-currents. Much of this music would have been regarded as Venetian, but the journey points up intriguing differences between the composers and pieces presented, many of them in premiere recordings.
"Singing one person to a part, the Marian Consort give sublimely refined, spacious and impeccably tuned performances."
"The performances are models of discretion and musical taste, every texture clear, every phrase beautifully shaped."
"'performances are always vibrant and perfectly tuned’"
"There is an alluring, sometimes intoxicating equilibrium about this disc, regulated by the pure-toned intimacy and blend of Rory McCleery’s fine ensemble."
"The singers perform with a yearning intensity which is just exquisite."
"Exemplary one-to-a-part performances ... the singing is as impassioned as it is effortlessly elegant."
"This is no-nonsense musicianship, but for all that thoroughly musical ... The unfussy performance helps the music enormously."
"The Marian Consort’s performances deliver full value in terms of expressive range and sophistication. Pitch-perfect tuning and immaculately clean ensemble … add further to the attractions of this eminently listenable recital."