'Extraordinarily worldly,even sensual, settings, ravishingly declaimed.' Classic FM Magazine
'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
'Were Botticelli's Primavera to burst into song, she would probably sound like this.' Independent on Sunday
'The group's cast is a recommendation in itself.' The Sunday Times
'...admirably wrought and certainly worth discovering.' Gramophone
Musica Secreta, an ensemble dedicated to discovering and performing repertoire by women composers, create an exquisite sound with a performance that provides a fascinating musical insight.
This recording features Vizzana's complete surviving works: twenty finely crafted motets which are both sensual and spiritual. Vizzana learnt her craft from the Italian masters of Bologna, often in secret, creating works reminiscent of Monteverdi.
The publication of Vizzana's Componimenti Musicali in1623 was a remarkable achievement having overcome the confines of both her gender and the convent to achieve renown as a composer. Nearly four hundred years later women composers are still massively underrepresented throughout musical history, but Songs of Ecstasy and Devotion demonstrates why their voices should be more widely heard.