Marie et Marion
Harmonia Mundi HMU-807524
Anon: Plus joliement c’onques (1:31); Volez vous que je vous chant (3:52); J’ai les biens (1:07); Que ferai biaus sire (1:24)
Renowned for their unearthly vocal blend and virtuosic ensemble singing, the four women of Anonymous 4 combine historical scholarship with contemporary performance intuition to create their magical sound. On their 1994 album ‘Love’s Illusion,’ the quartet brought 13th century motets of courtly love from the Montpellier Codex to the top of the classical charts – spending 29 weeks on the Billboard Top 200. Twenty years later, they return to the source – this time exploring songs with texts that juxtapose desire for the earthly lady Marion and adoration of the heavenly Virgin Mary.