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You may already know the madrigals of Giaches de Wert (1535-96), but it’s about time that a group of significant standing did justice to his sacred music. Thirteen voices in varied choral and consort configurations explore effects ranging from architectural solemnity to madrigalian filigree, revelling in both conventional polyphony and experimental eccentricity. Theatre, certainly, and divine beyond question, there’s magnificent intensity in these radiant performances, with brilliantly instinctive communication and that je ne sais quoi stemming from unconducted corporate responsibility. An SACD, the recording quality draws the listener inside the music with intimate immediacy.

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