The Marian Consort signs with Linn Records

Published: 18th November 2021

We’re delighted to announce a new recording partnership with Linn Records, part of Outhere Music.

The first release from this new partnership will be a recording of works by Vicente Lusitano (c. 1520–c. 1561). The Marian Consort has built a reputation as ‘brilliant discoverers, and exponents, of rare repertoire’ (The Observer), and this recording promises to shine a light on an unjustly neglected composer. Better known as a theorist in his own lifetime, Vicente Lusitano is also possibly the first mixed-race musician to have a collection of his works published, described as ‘mestizo’, or ‘mixed’, in a posthumous source. Following live performances of works by Lusitano throughout 2020 and 2021, including at the BBC Proms, The Marian Consort will make the first recording dedicated to his music, which exists largely in one collection: the Liber primus epigramatum, published in Rome in 1551.

The Marian Consort has co-commissioned Roderick Williams to write a new work based on Lusitano’s Inviolata, which itself draws on Josquin des Prez’s setting of the same text. This trio of works will be released as an EP in early 2022. Williams’ work will also tour as a multi-speaker installation throughout 2022, in partnership with Classical Remix (more information coming soon).

Rory McCleery, Artistic Director of The Marian Consort, said: ‘We’re thrilled to be joining Linn, whose work we have long admired, and which is recognised the world over for its artistic excellence and the superior quality of its recordings. We look forward to working closely with Philip Hobbs and the team at Linn/Outhere over the coming years, committing to disc musical gems from across the breadth of our repertoire, from the undiscovered treasures of the 16th century to newly-minted contemporary works.’

Album programme

VINCENTE LUSITANO

from the Liber primus epigramatum: Aspice Domine, Ave spes nostra, Emendemus in melius, Inviolata, Praeter rerum seriem, Regina caeli, Salve Regina, Sancta Maria, Sancta Mater

Heu me Domine

JOSQUIN DES PREZ

Inviolata

RODERICK WILLIAMS

Inviolata (after Lusitano)


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