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The Cardinall’s Musick is celebrated for its premier league interpretations of Thomas Tallis, but Ave, Dei patris filia is a game of two halves. There are wonderfully vivid interpretations of the Latin polyphony, beautifully balanced and blended by a seraphic team of voices, with boyish sopranos full, free, and incisive. The plainchant is somewhat stilted, however, and their treatment of the English service music, especially when homophonic, lacks refinement.

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