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Visiting Poland in the 1980s, I was astonished by the inestimable treasures of renaissance and baroque sacred music immured behind the Iron Curtain. The Sixteen has been exploring both home-grown and imported talent, and associate conductor Eamonn Dougan draws out performances of touching sincerity and honesty in The Blossoming Vine, featuring rare and wonderful material by three Italian maestri – Bertolusi, G.F. Anerio and Pacelli – who all worked at the court of Sigismund III. Asprilio Pacelli’s 20-voice Dum esset rex will delight collectors of stile antico excess.

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