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So-so, All The Way.
on 15 December 2012
These performances are competent only, and don't convey that the ensemble fervently believes in what they're doing. The "Product Description" displayed by Amazon doesn't correspond to the actual performances, which are at so-so level. No way are we offered "wonder, drama and extraordinary spatial effects". In fact, the sound is rather muffled and gets a passing grade mainly because the different sections fall into place and give us a sonic totality that is more than the sum of its parts, which remain recessed and not sufficiently clarified. Nor did my stereo system reveal spatial effects that were enough out of the ordinary to be worth remarking upon.
As for the forces, the individual pieces are handled by 1,2 or 3 voices, and the sagbutts, cornets and cembalo present themselves as a rather indistinct (semi-blurred?) combination that fails to provide the clarity the compositions deserve. The overall coherence does jell sufficiently, however, to divert our attention from these sobering factors.
So these are adequate performances of standard competence and no more. For what's on offer, this CD is considerably overpriced and satisfaction is qualified.