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Until its ban by the Vatican in 1903, the practice of alternatim liturgical music – in which sections of the Ordinary and Proper of the Mass are replaced by organ music – was popular across western Europe from the 15th century. As a demonstration of this obscure footnote to the history of liturgical music, this album is perfectly adequate. Pierpaolo Turetta’s playing is sparkling, clear, and excellently recorded. However, only the last of those descriptions could be applied to Ivan Florjanc’s inelegant and muddy singing of the plainsong sections, which – since it immediately follows each organ interlude – continually disappoints. This disc seems to have been envisaged more as an organ showcase than as a representation of the whole Mass: an unfortunate miscalculation.

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