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Two impressive releases from Capella de Ministrers on their own label demonstrate their versatility: in Planctus, subtitled Death and Apocalypse in the Middle Ages, they sing some plainchant ‘straight’ but their style also tends eastwards with vocal breaks and ornaments in doleful, even macabre, music from around the time of the coronation of Ferdinand I of Aragon (1414). Tremendously convincing, characterful, gripping and vividly committed performances from soloists, choir and instrumentalists, celebrating the medieval acceptance that ‘in the midst of life we are in death’. Peregrinatio – Els primers viatges marks the 700th anniversary of the death of Raymond Lully, a Majorcan troubadour, theologian, civil servant, friar and missionary, with the first of three discs dedicated to his life and times. Vastly colourful, energetic and wide-ranging, this programme is an exploration of Spanish music in the latter 14th century employing a large band of western and Moorish instruments and assorted vocal combinations.

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