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Superb works, unfortunately not perfectly performed
on 10 April 2002
I'm prepared to argue with anyone that these are the most beautiful pieces of music from their era. This may have something to do with their unique position in the history of musical development - midway between the traditional plainsong and the more modern renaissance styles, the wedding of the two styles creates something greater than each.
"Spem in Alium" is an utter delight, and the rest of the collection matches it in musical quality. However, and it's a big however, the quality of performance does not universally match up to the beauty of the music being performed. In particular, I found myself hearing the not-so- occasional wrong note being played by the organist every now and then. Some may consider that this adds to the magic of the work, "spontaneity" and all that, but I just found it grated.
Having said that, the singing brings out all the beauty and depth of the works, whose intensity borders on the hynotic on occasion.