Concerts

St Peter Mancroft, Norwich Thursday March 31st 2022

BACH/SCHÜTZ Motets by JS Bach and his family frame this programme of sublime German baroque works performed by the intimate forces of The Marian Consort. This is music of yearning and intense pathos to cleanse and uplift the soul. The heart of this programme is Heinrich Schütz’s astonishing Musikalische Exequien. Written at the height of the Thirty Years’ War, a conflict which decimated much of German-speaking Europe and left more than eight million people dead or displaced, this intensely human requiem combines the austere ritual of ancient chant with all of the colour, urgency and energy of baroque solo singing.

St Giles Cripplegate, London Friday April 1st 2022

BACH/SCHÜTZ Motets by JS Bach and his family frame this programme of sublime German baroque works performed by the intimate forces of The Marian Consort. This is music of yearning and intense pathos to cleanse and uplift the soul. The heart of this programme is Heinrich Schütz’s astonishing Musikalische Exequien. Written at the height of the Thirty Years’ War, a conflict which decimated much of German-speaking Europe and left more than eight million people dead or displaced, this intensely human requiem combines the austere ritual of ancient chant with all of the colour, urgency and energy of baroque solo singing.

Turner Sims Concert Hall, Southampton Tuesday April 5th 2022

BACH/SCHÜTZ Motets by JS Bach and his family frame this programme of sublime German baroque works performed by the intimate forces of The Marian Consort. This is music of yearning and intense pathos to cleanse and uplift the soul. The heart of this programme is Heinrich Schütz’s astonishing Musikalische Exequien. Written at the height of the Thirty Years’ War, a conflict which decimated much of German-speaking Europe and left more than eight million people dead or displaced, this intensely human requiem combines the austere ritual of ancient chant with all of the colour, urgency and energy of baroque solo singing.

Reviews

"Singing one person to a part, the Marian Consort give sublimely refined, spacious and impeccably tuned performances."

The Sunday Times

"The performances are models of discretion and musical taste, every texture clear, every phrase beautifully shaped."

The Guardian

"'performances are always vibrant and perfectly tuned’"

The Times

"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 Scotsman

"The singers perform with a yearning intensity which is just exquisite."

Gramophone

"Exemplary one-to-a-part performances ... the singing is as impassioned as it is effortlessly elegant."

BBC Music Magazine

"This is no-nonsense musicianship, but for all that thoroughly musical ... The unfussy performance helps the music enormously."

Gramophone

"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."

BBC Music Magazine