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The Orlando Consort with the latest in their Machaut Edition Fortune’s Child [Hyperion CDA 68195], featuring another obsessive idea, the medieval fixation on the influence of the rota fortuna – distinguished performances, as ever, with works of one to three voices sung with enviable sophistication and technical ease, sustained with immediacy in perfectly judged acoustics. How delightful to follow this with the similarly creamy Gothic Voices and The Dufay Spectacle. The four core singers, joined by five vocal and instrumental colleagues, describe this sublimely clever programme as a ‘dreamlike … imaginary wedding feast’, and they offer reflection, solemnity, playfulness, as evoked by Dufay’s inventions. The sound quality is enthrallingly lovely – if you buy just one medieval disc this year, let it be this.

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