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The Monastery of Don Lorenzo de El Escorial was the original venue for Soler’s sacred works. In Antonio Soler Obra vocal en Latin the aptly named La Grand Chapelle, directed by Albert Recasens, presents mostly world premiere recordings of a selection from Soler’s œuvre, created during the 30 years he spent there as maestro de capilla. There’s no bombast here, but elegant, light-infused, spiritually sensitive works, enlivened with an insightful tenderness and delicacy in shapely performances. Seven soloists from the choir, strings, flutes, oboes, trumpets and continuo form a classy ensemble, and the 18th-century organ is a real treat for the ears. Recorded in the Capilla del Espíritu Santo de la Catedral de Cuenca, a delicate sfumato minimally veils the sounds without obscuring detail.

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