Recordings

Lucrezia Borgia’s Daughter

We are delighted to announce that our forthcoming CD, Lucrezia Borgia’s Daughter, will be released on Obsidian Records early in 2017.  We are particularly pleased to be working with Obsidian, a label that has established itself as a leader in bringing together the highest standards of scholarship, musicianship, and production to their releases.  We hope that this is the beginning of an exciting and fruitful relationship! More…


Sacred Hearts Secret Music

Sacred Hearts, Secret Music

Palestrina is placed alongside Rore and a sense of scholarship as well as intense musicality runs through the whole: fascinating and lovely.

Get the book, get the CD. Yes, in what is either a clever marking idea or a genuine effort to provide a multi-dimensional artistic experience, this disc is the official soundtrack to Sarah Dunant’s book Sacred Hearts. Palestrina is placed alongside Rore and a sense of scholarship as well as intense musicality runs through the whole: fascinating and lovely. Gramophone EDITOR’S CHOICE. More…


Grandi

Alessandro Grandi

This isn’t your run-of-the-mill recording of an early seventeenth century motet collection. Instead of merely accepting the music at face value, as originally published, we are invited to make a leap of faith and enter the cloistered world of an Italian convent and imagine the performances are given by an ensemble of nuns. More…


Dangerous Graces

Dangerous Graces

After the sharp religious ecstasy of Cozzolani’s convent motets, Musica Secreta have turned to the madrigals of de Rore, Luzzaschi and de Wert, giving them, as ever, a feminine twist. Through judicious transposition, these erotic madrigals for mixed voices become densely entwined duets, trios and quartets for the female voice, suspended over a soft mattress of plucked and bowed continuo. Dangerous? No. But very seductive, whether in concert Dolci sospiri ardenti or alone Il dolce sonno. Were Botticelli’s Primavera to burst into song, she would probably sound like this.
Independent on Sunday More…


Dialogues with Heaven
Dialogues With Heaven

This fine group strikes a balance between scholarly correctness and a real passion for music which is, after all, passionate.
Scotland on Sunday

Sensual, rigorous and thoughtful…The pearly voices… entwine deliciously over the (all male) continuo section. Even if your tastes normally incline to musical bubble bath, this ravishing music of restrained passion should win you over.
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Songs of Ecstasy and Devotion

Songs of ecstasy and devotion

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 Times More…


La virtuosissima cantatrice

This intriguing disc of virtuosic vocal music by Venetian composer Barbara Strozzi is an important release. Despite being the most successful female composer of her time, Strozzi’s vast output of vocal music has not hitherto had the recognition it deserves from the CD industry…. The vocal work on this disc is uniformly excellent, with each singer given the chance to display truly virtuosic technique…. This disc comes highly recommended… as an expertly and intelligently sung recording of some very fine music.
Soundscapes More…


Luzzaschi

The Secret Music of Luzzasco Luzzaschi

The purity of line and freedom from excessive vibrato of these singers, coupled with their agility in florid passages and the high musical merit of Luzzaschi’s influential and distinctive music, amounts to a listening experience that is nothing less than ravishing.
The Guide (Australia) More…

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