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4.6 out of 5 stars
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4.6 out of 5 stars
Music from The Eton Choirbook
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VINE VOICEon 18 September 2012
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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on 9 September 2012
Apart from some rather dreary, sombre, plainchant? which is to be expected in this kind of devotional, church music, there is no question that most of the music is utterly beautiful. No matter whether you are religious or not, if you love and appreciate beautiful singing - of any kind - you will want this album. It deserves more than 5 stars - but I will be buying a few more copies for Christmas presents - in my book, effectively giving it 6 stars! £5.98? The price of a magazine which you throw away. This will give you lasting pleasure. I bought this particular version because I heard the last track played on Radio 3, and thought I had never heard such beautiful singing in my life.
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on 20 June 2014
The book holds is own in the face of the plethora of publications on the subject. The author has researched his subject well.
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on 30 March 2013
Any recording of the stunningly beautiful Eton Choirbook must be welcomed - particularly when the artists move away from those few pieces that have been recorded over and over again and into territory not previously recorded - as here. My only gripe is that there is some seriously weird and unattractive interpretation of musica ficta in the Browne Stabat Mater.
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on 30 November 2012
This is a very special CD. I heard some of it on Radio 3 and wanted more. I will treasure this for ever
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on 18 December 2014
Good, but not as good as I remember; but that's a judgement about the choir, not the trading experience, which has been very good.
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on 28 February 2013
This was bought as a present after reading about it in a magazine. Hopefully it was a good choice for my brother.
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