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Penguin Guide, January 2009

Jeremy Summerly and his Oxford Camerata gives a powerfully expressive and wholly convincing account of Dufay’s masterly cyclic Mass using a Burgundian chanson as its basis. We hear this sung first in its original format as an introduction, and its message, ‘The armed man should be feared’, makes a dramatically appropriate contrast with the motet, Supremum est mortalibus, which is a peace song. The latter was written some 30 years earlier, yet it shows just as readily the remarkable inventiveness and eloquence of this 15th-century French composer. The Mass movements are interspersed with plainchant in the same Dorian mode. With vivid yet atmospheres recording this can be given the strongest recommendations.

American Record Guide, December 1995

Summerly's group is mixed voices - 12 of them. Their sound and their more stately pacing may be closer to the "standard" choral style of later ages than to the working liturgical style of Dufay's time. Nevertheless, they sing with commitment, sensitivible, and, above all, with a perfection of ensemble that makes the part-writing much clearer than the Hilliards do and produces a powerful, absorbing, and moving performance.

Classic CD, September 1995

The singing of the Oxford Camerata is superb, confidently ptiched and blended, and Jeremy Summerly's pacing is as naturally spontaneous as it is perceptive.

Early Music Review

"Beautifully expressive, robust toned and articulated, well paced - it's compelling listening"

BBC Music Magazine

"As for the motet, the Naxos recording is the best ever. This is not dead history, but music brought wonderfully alive"

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