This recording (which might have been playfully entitled “The Da Vinci Codex”) is a collection of music from Italy in the time of Leonardo da Vinci. Certainly Leonardo knew many of the composers represented, and might even have danced to some of the dance music.
"Almost anything performed by the Toronto Consort cheers me right up. This band - so expert, so rhythmically alive, so humorous, at times so touching - has such an infectious time doing what it does so well, I just sit and smile" - Ken Winters, The Globe and Mail.
The Toronto Consort, led by David Fallis, is one of North America’s leading early music ensembles, acclaimed for their brilliant performances and unique approaches to programming. The Da Vinci Collection, The Toronto Consort’s second recording for Marquis, showcases their instrumental virtuosity and rich vocal harmonies. The music ranges from frottola or secular polyphonic songs and lively dances to sacred works, and even a comedic song from Renaissance theatre. All together, this wide-ranging repertoire creates an evocative musical picture of this very creative time and place.