Intermittently joyous and contemplative, always engaging. This is an interesting concept. An ensemble well known to devotees of early music, La Reverdie has proceeded from a skeletal compositional template in devising this compendium, a process described at some length in the accompanying essay. The result can be deemed a success. The 17 tracks (plus 2 readings) feature the distinguished musicianship of these 5 women who sing and provide instrumental support within a variety of permutations. The liner notes and packaging are reflective of Arcana’s exacting standards. The sound pickup while a touch over reverberant is nonetheless clean and adequately transparent. Sample tracks 4; 8; 12 and 17 for a good representation of what has been achieved here.