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Paradoxically, the cool resonance that gilds the glorious voices of Contrapunctus transmits the incandescence of spiritual fervour in this thoughtful selection of works by Victoria, Guerrero and Morales. Victoria’s Missa ‘Gaudeamus’, a parody of Morales, radiates with clarity and liveliness of tone. Particularly noteworthy are sopranos who combine purity and genuine vocal release to perfection. This small ensemble offers sinuously shaped, elegant, seemingly infinitely sustained lines with wonderful internal dialogues, all sensitively balanced with well-judged tempo contrasts, drawing the listener in and captivating ears and emotions.

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