You may like to know that this disc has now been reissued in budget format: Lassus Missa Surgens Propera
This is a good recording of some of Lassus's motets and a fine mass setting. Lassus was a very good composer whose huge output is becoming more widely available and this is a welcome contribution to his growing discography.
The Cardinall's Musick are now one of the world's leading ensembles in Renaissance polyphony and some of their recordings are genuine classics. They are especially good in English music, and I don't think this quite comes up to the standard of their magnificent recordings of Byrd, Fayrfax and Ludford, for example. Part of this is the music itself, I suspect. It is very good, but to me Lassus can sometimes be a little ponderous, and I do occasionally get the sense of a disciplined Teutonic construction rather than a real expression of spirituality, emotion or simple beauty here. All these things are present, certainly, but not always in the glowing, human way which really brings this music to life.
The Cardinall's Musick sing excellently, of course, with impeccable technique and intonation and they do create a very lovely sound. I find it hard to say how much of the slight disengagement I feel from this music is due to the performance and how much to the music itself, but neither quite hits the spot for me - which is extremely unusual for The Cardinall's Musick.
All this is a personal feeling rather than any deep-rooted criticism of the disc so others may not agree, but for me this isn't one of The Cardinall's Musick's finest discs. However, in spite of my reservations it is still very good and well worth hearing so if you're interested in this repertoire I'd recommend giving it a try.