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Celebrating the label’s 16th birthday, Naïve have reissued 16 discs from their catalogue described as ‘benchmarks that have stood the test of time’. It is a release that also serves as an introduction to those coming to the world of classical music, the detailed notes accompanying each disc relating a journey through the history of European music. We begin in the tenth century, when formal music was largely restricted to devotional purposes. The late soprano Montserrat Figueras devised El Cant de la Sibilla based on chants still performed in Spanish churches; recorded 25 years ago, her distinctive voice was at its finest and possessed the ideal quality for those long

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