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The next CD traverses 200 years from the early 15th century to the 1620s, and Praga Rosa Bohemiae includes the world premiere recording of Heinrich Isaac’s delightful Missa Presulum ephebeatum, framing works by Josquin, Tournhout, Obrecht, Hellinck, Regnart and others, including the late-medieval Petrus Wilhelmi de Grudencz, upon a motet by whom Isaac built this parody Mass for the Feast of St Martin, an occasion for jocularity as the goose appears in German puns worked into the Latin of the original Martinmas carol. Cappella Mariana boasts nine superb singers, including the outstanding soprano Hana Blažíková, heard in various combinations and directed from within by tenor Vojt Semerád. The ideal if indulgent acoustics of the refectory of Osek Monastery cast a glowing halo around so much vocal beauty.

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