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The Mirror of Narcissus - Songs by Machaut
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 27 February 2010
This is one of the best recordings of Medieval choral music I've ever heard. The textures are perfect. The intonation is perfect. The emotions are perfect. Gothic Voices have it down to a tee.

Each word fits perfectly with its melody, that was Machaut's gift. I don't know whether to call it recitative or just beautiful choral music but the pronunciations and melodies are one.

I highly recommend this product.
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4 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Machaut was certainly a master of polyphonic composition, but the solo pieces here feel somewhat ordinary by comparison. Not even the likes of Emma Kirkby can lift up this disc as a whole on the quality scale.

For other, overall much better showpieces of Machaut's art, try Machaut: 2 Polyphonic Lais and Machaut: Chansons.
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