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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 18 Sep 2012
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This review is from: The Eton Choirbook (Tonus Peregrinus) (Naxos: 8.572840) (Audio CD)
Tonus Peregrinus don't seem to have made that many recordings, but what they have done spans over 800 years of (mostly) sacred music from the late 12th century works of Leonin & Perotin through to the ultra modern compositions of Arvo Pärt.

There are several other recordings of Eton Choirbook material - but this beats the Christ Church Oxford and indeed even the Tallis Scholars recordings. (I haven't as yet heard any of the five discs by The Sixteen.)

The sound quality is truly superb, capturing and preserving the clarity of individual lines and timbre of voices. The booklet notes indicate that experimental microphones were employed in the recording - the experiment can certainly be regarded as a success.

The choice of material is to be applauded - two Magnificats, one Stabat Mater, the motet Nesciens Mater, a St Matthew Passion (the earliest such polyphonic composition from a named composer to have survived, albeit incompletely), and a grandiose 13-part canonical piece Jesus Autem Transiens/Credo In Deum.

The booklet provides notes on the Choirbook and the pieces here, on the recording technique, on each of the individual performers, plus full Latin sung texts with translations. Director Anthony Pitts in the notes remarks "This recording is perhaps the jewel in the crown of our Naxos series of 'milestones of Western music'" - a not unjustifiable boast.
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