Pioneering vocal ensemble The Marian Consort performs Inviolata – interrogating the music of the past; reviving important, unjustly forgotten works; and using both as inspiration for new compositions.
A triptych of settings of the Inviolata linked through time: the disarmingly beautiful music of early 16th-century master Josquin des Prez, itself based on older plainchant melodies, is given glorious new life by the Portuguese theorist – and first published Black composer – Vicente Lusitano, with both works reflected in a startling contemporary response from Aldeburgh Festival featured musician Roderick Williams.
Threaded through these are pieces reflecting on with the annunciation, connected both by their Marian texts and their interest in the music of the past. Electra Perivolari’s A Winged Woman explores themes of female creativity, imagination, self-doubt and transcendence through the poetry of Heather Dohollau and Hildegard von Bingen. Jonathan Harvey foreshadows the end of the annunciation story in his insistent quotation of Palestrina’s Stabat Mater.
Performed in the beautiful surroundings of Orford Church.