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Calligrapher, singer, composer, merchant, messenger, and spy, Petrus Alamire (c.1470-1536) was a tireless collector and copyist in Burgundian Hapsburg employ. More than 600 works, including 161 Masses, appear in the 50 manuscripts he amassed, many by the greatest northern European composers of his age. In the Footsteps of Petrus Alamire comprises five CDs recorded by seven ensembles, raided from the label’s back-catalogue. It’s a curate’s egg, both in performance and recording quality: parts are very, very good, notably contributions from Henry’s Eight and Capilla Flamenca, and there’s loads of interesting stuff, mostly from well-known composers like Ockeghem, Isaac, Willaert, and Mouton.

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