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The first in an intriguing trilogy of recordings following cathedral builder and supposed trader in holy relics, Villard de Honnecourt, across medieval Europe. Ossuaires lives up to its name: exposing the revered bones of a saint through extraordinarily powerful interpretations of parts of a rhymed Office, dating from c1230, associated with Cambrai. This highly accomplished and committed ensemble continues to brand itself by celebrating the very individual qualities of its voices. Their improvisation of discant and some sensitive, highly convincing, recycling of existing organa carve a fabulous tracery of sound and are in equal measure entertaining and provocative, opening up some interesting issues in respect of performance practice.

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