This compilation contains some real gems. Most people will have heard Allegri's "Miserere", Barber's "Agnus Dei" and "If ye love me" by Tallis. But there are other less well-known compositions that you will find entrancing, especially after repeated hearings. Thomas Tomkins(1572-1656) is represented by the very beautiful "When David heard" and his contemporary, William Byrd by "Iustorum Animae". The album is worth the investment for these two pieces alone. I refer to Jeremy Nicholas' notes who quotes Harry Christophers: "Byrd to me is the king of architecture in music". I would challenge you to listen to Iustorum Animae a few times and then try to disagree.
It is interesting that the CD contains more modern works such as the Barber and works by Gorecki, Bruckner, Poulenc and Taverner, all beautifully sung by The Sixteen. Firmly recommended!
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