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The Brabant Ensemble, trying to shine in chilly acoustics, produce more light than heat in Jacquet of Mantua. Their usual high-value academic credentials abound but, a wide dynamic range and boundless energy notwithstanding, it is intellectual rather than devotional: even the technically impressive sostenuto of the Agnus Dei in the six-voice Missa Surge Petre, edited specially for this recording, barely lifts the emotional mercury: remote, lofty – if lovely – singing, disadvantaged by acoustics and a sound as unyielding as obsidian, distances the listener.

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