This recording has already received considerable critical acclaim. The musical public has also shown its enthusiasm since this release has topped the Classical Chart for at least two consecutive weeks and I believe that it is still in the top ten. Therefore, I need only record my absolute agreement with this acclaim.
I am prepared to go further. Although it is only April, I think that this recording should go straight on to the shortlist for an Early Music Award and also an Engineering Award for 2011. The whole production is excellent. In particular, the decision to accompany the stereo CD with a DVD containing a short film plus 5.1 channel surround sound recordings of the big 40- (and even 60-) part works was inspired.
I hope that people who generally shy away from early music will try this one - the vocal and instrumental sonorities are very impressive. Also, I hope that listeners who do not possess a surround sound system will be encouraged to buy one - the gain in effect is well-worthwhile.
Last but not least, Alessando Striggio emerges as a really interesting and impressive composer some of whose short, intimate works can also be heard here. Finally, Tallis's iconic Spem in alium can be heard as most listeners will never have heard it before with instruments as well as voices.