on 16 January 2014
This is great music, and I hope we can look forward to many more de Rore recordings, of his religious music as well as the madrigals. Not for nothing was he much praised by Monteverdi. As for the recording, I have once more been seduced into buying this by the reviews and the repertoire.... while knowing that I am not too fond of the ensemble. Why doesn't Rice keep in check those trumpeting sopranos who seem to dominate the Brabant sound? It has been pointed out often enough one would think. For me this spoils a lot of the listening pleasure and makes me look forward to the quiet movements like the Agnus Dei when they finally give us some peace.... For a more balanced sound in a de Rore Mass, there is the great Huelgas ensemble disk, a classic that has recently become available again. Meanwhile, no more Brabant Ensemble for me.