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Regular readers may have noticed my occasional references in this column to the Dutch vocal ensemble Le Nuove Musiche’s Monteverdi madrigal series. They embarked on a complete survey in 2013 and now all 12 discs have been re-released together in a bargain box, Monteverdi Madrigali Libri I-IX. It’s a very fine achievement and, while not my top library choice, it should tempt discerning listeners on a budget. What about the sound, you ask? Clear and balanced, recorded with sensitivity in moderately reverberant acoustics, more suggestive of chapel than chamber, presenting them in the best light.

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