3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Lovely music, even lovelier vocal sound,
This review is from: Maillard: Missa Je suis déshéritée & Motets (Audio CD)
Having never come across the music of Jean Maillard, I was intrigued to discover this latest disc from the Marian Consort, whose previous CDs I have enjoyed greatly ([ASIN:B009TW1D2O An Emerald in a Work of Gold: Music from the Dow Partbooks] and [ASIN:B004G29TWS O Virgo Benedicta: Music Of Marian Devotion From Spain's Century Of Gold]).
The disc ranges from the elegant simplicity of Jean Maillard's Mass to a selection of beautiful motets, some resolutely upbeat and others more quietly reflective, through to the heart-rending sorrow of 'Fratres mei elongaverunt'.
I bought this CD after reading several glowing reviews, including 4 stars in both The Times and The Guardian newspapers. The recorded sound is excellent and the quality of the singing is second to none. This group is clearly one to watch out for. The balance between the voices is, for my taste, perfect and it is nice to hear the music being performed at its original pitch (evident from some of the facsimile pages shown in the excellent booklet accompanying the CD) with two sopranos, as opposed to the recent trend for downward transposition and all male singers, which for my taste produces a very muddy texture. The sound of the sopranos is pure, yet has come colour to it, entirely appropriate for this characterful music.