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This majestically sonorous, large, low-voice ensemble is ideal for Esquivel’s stile antico devotional delights in an enthralling programme of Marian antiphons and motets, framing the composer’s final Mass, a parody based on the elegant title motet by Rodrigo de Ceballos. Glowing with emotional insight, vocal colour, and oodles of dynamic and tempo variations held within the bounds of taste, these tenderly solemn and revelatory performances offer nobility of pace and spiritual heft. Fascinating liner notes from Bruno Turner enhance a fine exhibition of works from a composer deserving of greater fame.

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