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5.0 out of 5 stars Serious and sublime, 10 Feb. 2011
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This review is from: Gombert - Missa Media Vita (Audio CD)
I'm not an expert on renaissance vocal music and have only recently begun exploring what's available. I have found the recommendations that other people have posted on Amazon very helpful in steering me towards new and rewarding listening. I bought this cd on the recommendation of Sid Nuncius, whose reviews I generally find very clear and insightful.

I was already familiar with the excellent Hilliard Ensemble [do experience them live if you can] but not with the music of Nicolas Gombert. While some dislike the dissonance and the long, interweaving vocal lines of his compositions and find them heavy-going, I find this music deeply affecting and have played this disc over and over since receiving it.

I can also recommend recordings of Gombert's work by both The Brabant Ensemble and Henry's Eight issued on the Hyperion label, though they lack the impact in the deep register of this recording made by a Hilliard line-up augmented with an additional bass voice.

A truly wonderful, transporting sound.
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