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Listening to so much Josquin and Lassus places the elegance and lofty spirituality of Palestrina in high relief: never mind how much emotional pigment singers may apply to his intonaco, the almost inhumanly exquisite frescos of Palestrina’s polyphony do not become incarnate, stepping off the wall into fleshly three dimensions. nevertheless, hats off to Harry Christophers as volume 3 of The Sixteen’s Palestrina series lacks nothing in commitment and their considerable best efforts to animate the peerless Stabat Mater à 8 come as close as might be achievable to a truly visceral lament.

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