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For their second recording, the Fieri Consort feature a selection of 16th-century madrigals from Musica Transalpina alongside an exciting, demanding and original new work, Short Walk of a Madman, by Ben Rowarth (settings of poetry by e.e. cummings), repertoires connected by the currently pertinent theme of crossing national boundaries. Glowing recorded sound enhances performances of sheer delight, with voices of exceptional quality and musicianship in enviably flexible ensemble. For Rowarth they produce a highly charged soloistic sound without loss of precision. As J.R.R. Tolkein said: ‘Not all those who wander are lost’.

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