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Spatial configuration plays an important part in some of these recordings, so well positioned speakers or good headphones are recommended. Though only 52 and Australian-born, Little writes very much in the manner of the renaissance masters, creating what a modern sensibility would identify as ‘immersive’ music of strongly mystical aspect. That mysticism and muscularity can go hand-in-hand is confirmed by the title piece, which is reprised in condensed form at the end of the disc. The text is in Early Modern English (or Late Middle), and ‘Wofully araide’ is attributed to John Skelton. The pieces are performed in very different acoustics, which might seem odd at first hearing, but makes sense of the sacred/secular split and of the virtuosic disposition of voices.

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