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I usually enjoy recordings by the Monteverdi choir very much but on ...
on 26 April 2016
I usually enjoy recordings by the Monteverdi choir very much but on this occasion I was disappointed. Whilst the choir appears to be on fine form the recording itself has exaggerated the sibilant sounds to such an extent that the vocal hisses are frequently overwhelming. This is a common difficulty with recording choral music that the Monteverdi Choir usually seem to escape but on this occasion it seems to have been overlooked. The result is sometimes merely irritating but in pieces such as Der Geist hilf unser Schwachheit auf and bits of Jesu, meine Freude the choir appear to have been replaced by a family of angry snakes which has completely ruined the recorded performance.