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The delights of this coupling of the two earliest extant polyphonic Requiems are twofold: firstly, the eight male voices of this Dutch ensemble, directed from within by falsettist Stratton Bull, sing with an organic appreciation of line and text in a sinuously smooth legato that enfolds the ear in every phrase. Secondly, the outstanding quality of the Hybrid SACD High Definition Surround recording offers an immediacy as near as one might hope to the live experience, even when using comparatively basic playback equipment. Serious scholarship and a commitment to performing from a central music stand with a score in the original mensural notation combined creatively with mellifluous singing – it may be academic, but there’s no want of devotional intensity.

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