O Virgo Benedicta: Music of Marian Devotion from Spain’s Century of Gold

A six-strong Marian Consort explores music from late sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century Spain, in a programme celebrating the rich compositional legacy of the Siglo del Oro’s intensely competitive musical culture. These luminous works – centred on the figure of the Virgin Mary – demand performances of great intelligence and vocal commitment, and the youthful singers respond absolutely, bringing hushed intimacy and bristling excitement to some of the most gorgeously searing lines in the history of European polyphony.

"Formed by countertenor Rory McCleery, the Oxford-based Marian Consort makes its recording debut with a disc devoted, appropriately enough given its name, to works dedicated to the Virgin Mary...Fluent performances."

"The Oxford-based mixed choir makes a bold, bright sound with strong individual voices."

"this is a most auspicious disc. Great care has gone into the planning and execution of this disc and it should give great pleasure."

"these fine young singers...represent, in the most positive way, the future of consort singing in this country"


Producer: Paul Baxter
Physical format: Jewel case
Number of discs: 1
Number of tracks: 14
Release date: 10 January 2011
Album ID: DCD34086
Total playing time: 1:15:02

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