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This fine female quartet unveils the enchanting liturgical repertoire of Bohemia in the 14th century as preserved in the archives of Prague Cathedral and the Benedictine convent of Prague Castle. In solo or ensemble, the sinuously graceful singing of unique chant and organum (still fashionable in Bohemia after the ars antiqua had become vieux chapeau in western Europe) glows with the expectation, faith, and joy of Advent and Christmas. Full- toned, focused voices compel the listener’s attention, with the acoustics of Zbraslav Castle’s Church of St James adding sonic sympathy.

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