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A very personal and deeply emotional recreation of the musical sequence he designed for his mother’s Springhead Easter Play in 1963, John Eliot Gardiner steers his voices through nine centuries of repertoire, joined here and there by the English Baroque Soloists. Solo and ensemble singing of exemplary quality adorn a sequence full of contrast: from medieval monody via all kinds of early polyphony (Gesualdo, Cornysh, Tavener, Morley, Byrd, Tallis, Gabrieli, Schütz etc) to Rheinberger, reworked Benjamin Britten, and even traditional material. Some interesting arrangements and mash-ups also appear in this most unusual and welcome Easter meditation.

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