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Daring to do on disc what most groups reserve for live events proves how lush 16th-century polyphony sounds after a lengthy stretch of Gregorian chant. Herein an Office of Compline for Passiontide, elegantly and tautly sung without egotism, precedes a gorgeously sonorous reading of the Lamentations, a spiritually sensuous treat, startlingly impactful after the monody. Dark-toned lower voices underpin sinuously focused higher lines with excellent balance and breadth. No nuance is neglected in an interpretation that occasionally indulges in wickedly enjoyable, almost romantic excess.

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