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Fans of Jacques Arcadelt may immerse themselves happily in this beautifully recorded three-CD box comprising a disc each from Chœur de Chambre de Namur (Motetti), Cappella Mediterranea (Madrigali) and Doulce Mémoire (Chansons), recorded in 2018 to mark the 450th anniversary of the composer’s death. An excellent booklet accompanies this delightful collection, and the programming plays to the strengths of each ensemble. The two secular CDs are especially lovely, although it’s good that a composer from Namur is memorialised by a local choir. For more Italian madrigals sung by Italians, here’s Vieni, dolce Imeneo, a glowing anthology of works by the Flemish master Cipriano de Rore, from La Compagnia del Madrigali. Illuminating recorded sound of great presence complements delicious, engaging, intimate performances from singers who have immersed themselves in text and music, employing interesting changes of texture by occasional and appropriate use of vocal doubling in imaginative, vivacious interpretations.

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