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#1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERon 21 April 2013
It is nearly twenty years since I heard some pieces from this CD on Radio 3 and had to order a copy from Amazon.com to be sent to the UK to get hold of the disc. I have loved it ever since. It is a beautiful collection of some of Josquin's motets and chansons, all excellently sung and recorded.

The motets are all very well done, from the magnificent Benedicta es which opens the disc to the astonishingly beautiful and tranquil Pater noster/Ave Maria which ends it (and which Josquin requested be sung outside his house during his funeral). There are now many wonderful recordings of these motets, but what has made this disc last in my affections particularly is the chansons. They make up roughly half the disc, interspersed between the motets and are brilliant and superbly sung. Many are mournful or regretful, but there are lighter songs of love, too. All are masterpieces of musical architecture (as one would expect from Josquin) but what you hear is simply astonishingly beautiful music. The chanson which inspired me to buy the disc, Nymphes nappées, is quite simply the loveliest three minutes of music I know and I have more than once sat in the car waiting for it to finish before getting out. The whole disc is a joy from beginning to end.

The only reason you may not like this is if you don't get on with the King's Singers' sound. Otherwise, I recommend this unreservedly as an absolute gem of a disc.
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