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The Sixteen’s associate conductor Eamonn Dougan makes his full recording debut on Coro with this new series, which starts by exploring the music of 17th-century Polish composer Bartłomiej Pekiel. Pekiel was Kapellmeister at the Chapel Royal in Warsaw, and then moved to the cathedral in Krakow. His music reveals the contrast between the stile antico style grounded in the cantus firmus technique and the expressive, spine-chilling dissonance of stile moderno. The lucidity of the polyphonic lines differentiated by homophonic writing is a pleasure. This album contains ten of the composer’s surviving 29 works, including two movements from the Missa à 14, Missa Concertata La Lombardesca scored for double choir, violins and sackbuts, and Audite mortales, a 12-minute work for six voices. The Sixteen’s singers and instrumentalists give a thoughtful and fluid interpretation of this discovered music.

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