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on 12 October 2015
Very disappointed! Although Taverner's music is divine and the male singers equally so the recording was spoilt in my view by the dominance of very high pitched and at times shrill soprano voices that I struggled to listen to. I am really at a loss to understand why the soprano is allowed to totally destroy so much wonderful music in this genre today as their struggle to reach the high notes always sounds to me to be seriously at odds with the wonderful harmonies of the male voice. Perhaps I am a little biaised as I am a great lover of the countertenor voice and much prefer recordings by all male ensembles. The one exception being music by Vox Luminis, an ensemble that has male and female voices that complement each other wonderfully.
Unfortunately this CD is likely to find its way to the back of my collection where it will gather dust and remain unplayed.