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The 25 male voices of De Profundis bring a massy, craggy character to the sometimes quirky polyphony of Bernadino de Ribera in Magnificats & Motets and all but one of the 19 tracks are recorded premieres. The alternatim Magnificat settings are highlights in a disc that captures plenty of acoustics with well-judged distance suggestive of ceremonial. This combines with low pitch to conjure the Iberia of fervent faith, as does the occasionally dodgy intonation. If such marmoreal ecclesiastical pomp is your thing, the similarly expansive and acoustically well-endowed new disc from Westminster Cathedral Choir of Alonso Lobo: Lamentations be right up your aisle. Here, however, the trebles liftus into more arresting pitch territories and the rounded richness of the bass underpins Lobo’s majestic music. Slow tempi, superbly sustained, evoke eternity, and the glorious variety of sonorities in the six-voice Missa Maria Magdalene are a particular pleasure.

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