Lusitano - Motets | Linn CKD694

Lusitano - Motets

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Label: Linn

Cat No: CKD694

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 23rd September 2022



Following its digital debut on Linn presenting a triptych of works by Josquin des Prez, Vicente Lusitano and Roderick Williams, The Marian Consort now focuses its attention on the central figure of this trio, the ‘Portuguese’. In his own time an important music theorist, Lusitano’s reputation and music have both been neglected in ours. As so often with musical figures of the Renaissance, many of the details of his life remain unknown. We can, however, be reasonably confident that he was the first published composer of African heritage. Referred to as ‘pardo’ in one eighteenth-century source, his only surviving printed book of compositions, the Liber primus epigramatum, was issued in Rome in 1551.

True to its pioneer spirit as ‘brilliant discoverers, and exponents, of rare repertoire’ (The Observer), The Marian Consort has recorded a carefully chosen programme of these striking and impressive, unjustly forgotten works.


This will be a revelation to many. Vicente Lusitano’s name is familiar to specialists of the Renaissance as a key witness to the practice of improvised counterpoint; it is the growing familiarity of these practices with modern-day ensembles that has led gradually to his greater recognition in the last 10 years. ... This selection of motets impresses by its variety of scorings and moods, ranging from the relatively transparent ... to the thickets of his Salve regina, which bristles like a porcupine from the density of references to the chant. ... it is hard to overstate how far The Marian Consort have come since I last reviewed them. They seem to have reached a new level, and the outstanding quality of their sound is matched by the recording.  Fabrice Fitch
Gramophone Awards 2022
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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