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RELEASE DATE: JUNE 25, 2013
Full Well She Sang
: Women’s Music from the Middle Ages and Renaissance - featuring works by Hildegard of Bingen, the Contessa de Dia, Barbara Strozzi, Madalena Casulana and Francesca Caccini.

 

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"With grace and ease, we move from medieval cantiga to Renaissance madrigal. All are impeccably rendered, not a hair (or note) out of place here. A particularly satisfying performance."

Harmonia

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All in a Garden Green - A Renaissance Collection

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All in a Garden Green – A Renaissance Collection - This 2-CD set is a re-issue of two of the Toronto Consort's most popular recordings of Renaissance music: Mariners and Milkmaids: Ballads and Dances from 17th-Century England, and O Lusty May: Renaissance Songs of Spring.
 

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“There is a real sophistication … each of the four singers enjoying their own prominent part … sheer delight!”

The Wholenote

“Toronto should count its blessings that it has an ensemble like the Consort to expose it to the masterpieces of Early Music. From soloists to musicians to conductor David Fallis, this was early music-making at its very best.”

The Toronto Star

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Navidad-Christmas Music from Latin America and Spain

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Navidad – Christmas Music from Latin America and Spain - Recorded in December 2011, this CD is closely based on our 2011-12 Christmas concert entitled “A Spanish Christmas”. Navidad is a celebration of the lively and compelling repertoire of villancicos and dances from 16th and 17th-century Latin America and Spain.
 

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“… their playing is very fine and they invest the music with much sympathy and skill. The singing by so small an ensemble sounds very good … An unusual Christmas record from Latin America and Spain very well performed.”

MusicWeb International

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The Queen: Music for Elizabeth I - During the summer of 2008, the Consort recorded this CD, a project closely based on our 2007-2008 opening concert entitled “The Queen”. This new recording features examples of a uniquely English combination of instruments called the “mixed consort”, consisting of lute, bandora, cittern, viola da gamba, flute and violin with all the glorious music relating in some way to the remarkable monarch, Elizabeth I.
 

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“As led by its Artistic Director David Fallis, the Toronto Consort lavishes luminous clarity, lightness and vitality on the music.”

Gramophone

“The Toronto Consort’s new recording of music of Queen Elizabeth I is a welcome addition to the English Renaissance discography. Their performance is finely polished and beautifully presented. The singers in consort deserve high praise for their excellent ensemble sound.”

Harmonia Early Music, Indiana

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CD - The DaVinci Collection

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The DaVinci Collection: Italian Music from the Time of Leonardo - This recording examines the secret glories of the musical world of Leonardo Da Vinci, an unsurpassed genius of the early Renaissance.
 

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Here’s what Rick Phillips of CBC Radio’s SOUND ADVICE said about this CD on a 2006 edition of SOUND ADVICE:

“There are some who think medieval and Renaissance music is dull and monotonous. They probably haven’t heard the Toronto Consort yet. This group sets the standard. Their annual concert series in downtown Toronto always presents early music in imaginative and clever ways, and is always well-attended. And their many recordings over the years continue the vision with a variety of styles, nationalities and approaches to early music. This latest from them – THE DA VINCI COLLECTION is beautifully put together. Vocal music alternates with instrumental dances. It’s colourful and spirited, tight, balanced and blended. The jacket notes by Artistic Director David Fallis are well-researched, comprehensive and eye-opening. And the recorded sound here is demonstration quality. You feel as if you’re in the same room with the Consort – it’s vibrant, rich and alive. A high class act. Five out of five.”

The CD then went on to be included in the SOUND ADVICE Best of 2006 list – BRAVO !

MAR 357

CD - Praetorius Christmas Vespers

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Praetorius Christmas Vespers - a festive recreation of a Christmas Vespers service as it might have sounded in a 17th-century German Church under the direction of Michael Praetorius.
 

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“The Toronto Consort is a world-class group that has been turning out excellent early music performances and recordings for decades, and this entire production measures up to the ensemble’s very high standards. From the opening hymn, we’re drawn in by the grandeur and resoluteness of the melody, the richness of the harmony, and the full-bodied sound of choir, strings, and organ. Throughout, these fine musicians and the excellent musical selections compel our attention.”

David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com

MAR 335

The following Toronto Consort CD is currently out of print.

 

Nowell Sing We: A Renaissance Christmas Anthology - featuring Christmas music from renaissance England, France, Germany and Spain, and the Huron Indian Carol sung in the original Huron language.

SRI 002

The following Toronto Consort CD is available directly from  A m a z o n . c a

 

The Sweet Hereafter - the original motion picture soundtrack from the movie directed by Atom Egoyan, nominated for an Academy Award, with music by Mychael Danna.

V2IM 44955



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