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The relationship between two renaissance greats, intimately expressed in Josquin’s Déploration sur la mort de Jean Ockeghem, is at the heart of Sacred Music by Ockeghem & Josquin from Capilla Cayrasco. A British group which may be new to you, they make an ethereal yet full-blooded, distant yet immediate impression, with sustained filaments of sound woven by 12 characterful voices. Highly emotional performances are supported by scholarship, even to the extent of following the advice of Tinctoris by adding viol and rebec to one track from each composer. These instruments bring extra sonorities to Josquin’s Inviolata, integra et casta es Maria – a glorious 12-voice motet of disputed authorship – in a finale that persuades in spite of insistent tremolando from the sopranos.

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