7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A highly pleasurable disc,
This review is from: The Tudors At Prayer (Audio CD)
I very much enjoyed Magnificat’s prior recording of Tudor church music (Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang), so was looking forward to this companion album. Happily, it does not disappoint! The program contains works with which many will be familiar (e.g., Vox patris caelestis by Mundy, Sucsipe, quaeso by Tallis), as well as a few pieces that are new to the discography (Mundy’s Adhaesit pavimento and White’s Tota pulchra es). The choice of repertoire works quite well, and even the more familiar pieces are conveyed with a sense of freshness.
The performance is excellent throughout. Magnificat’s sound is balanced and clear, with excellent blend. The character of the singers’ voices comes through, but without distracting from the overall ensemble. All of the pieces are sung with commitment and the sense of momentum and phrasing is exemplary. These traits are particularly noteworthy in the opening and closing works: in my opinion, these are much the strongest recordings of both Vox patris and Tribue, Domine that you will find.
One final thought: if you have equipment that can play the files, the hi-res downloads available from Linn Records are very much worth the extra expense. The depth of sound and recording quality are quite extraordinary.