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It is hardly surprisingly that a composer should produce his finest work to lament the passing of a great maestro: certainly in Josquin’s case, the music inspired by his memory from Appenzeller, Gombert and Vinders is worthy to stand alongside his own Salve Regina and Nymphes, nappés, which also feature on this delicately plangent anthology. Jean Richafort’s sonorous, technically adventurous six- voice setting of Missa pro defunctis may be the central work, but it is Jaquet of Mantua’s Dum vastos Adriae fluctus which is the major revelation – eight minutes of extraordinary polyphony in which Jaquet seamlessly works in a succession of references to Josquin’s popular works. The tranquil, refined, passionate-when-required singing of The King’s Singers is exemplary, beautifully balanced and phrased with none of the regrettable ‘off the voice’ gestures to which they occasionally resort in early music, and the recording places it all in perfect perspective.

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