One of the lesser known works of Palestrina, this mass was published only posthumously. Herreweghe (one of the best choral conductors on the scene, for my money) coaxes full, beautiful sound from his ensemble. There is ample reverberation at the recording location, but it does not overpower the music. While Herreweghe has a touch of the dramatic at times, this does not approach any of the overly-Romantic interpretations of Palestrina that were popular for a time. On the other hand, things are not quite as crystalline as the Tallis Scholars get sometimes. Note that this is recording is of a complete mass, so the monodic Proper sections are added in (not composed by Palestrina) - here sung by Marcel Peres and his deliciously reedy Ensemble Organum. If you are used to other recordings of Palestrina's masses you may be used to only hearing the Ordinary sections (the parts Palestrina composed, to the texts that never changed). Here you get a better sense of what Palestrina's work may have actually sounded like in context, in a church, with those other sections added in. Any recordings by Herreweghe are worth picking up, and since many are only available at great expense via import, this bargain CD should be snapped up immediately!