Songs of Ecstasy and Devotion
Lucrezia Vizzana: Componimenti musicali (1623)
Linn Records CKD 071, 1997
13 in stock
There is no doubt about the integrity and intelligence of [the] performances, and the sound of the ensemble’s female voices is refined and exquisitely sweet.
BBC Music Magazine
Vizzana….frequently used her exceptional musical talent to celebrate the physical, sacramental presence of Christ in all its sensuous images …. The subtly variegated palette of Musica Secreta reveals her own spiritual secrets deliciously.
…the music is reminiscent of Monteverdi and others, but admirably wrought and certainly worth discovering……..The group’s cast is a recommendation in itself, and there is no doubt that music and interpretation are evenly matched.
Seraphic sounds…Musica Secreta’s fine disc shows her (Vizzana) to have been an excellent composer…….all the performances are atmospheric. If they find more music of this quality, scholars will at last be able to revise musical histories without having to indulge in token feminism.
The Sunday Times
Extraordinarily worldly, even sensual settings, ravishingly declaimed.
Classic FM Magazine
Vizzana’s 20 motets are historical treasures wonderfully presented by the acclaimed Musica Secreta.