On the Naxos CD this glorious, darkly intense funeral music is given an outstandingly fresh and clear rendition, vividly recorded, matching even the finest rival versions. The sharpness of focus in the sound means that Purcell’s adventurous harmonies with their clashing intervals are given extra dramatic bite in these dedicated performances, marked by fresh, clear soprano tone in place of boy trebles. The choice of extra items—full anthems with their inspired counterpoint rather than verse anthems—is first rate. Aptly, the extended solo song for soprano (with simple organ accompaniment), The Queen’s Epicedium, is also included with the funeral music, sung with boyish tone by Carys-Ann Lane.
"The Singing of the Oxofrd Camerata is most impressive; their tone and blend and intonation and unanimity are all above reproach, and they effortlessly sustain the polyphony even where it's most densely woven and slow-moving and frankly sensuous ... It's altogether an excellent bargain."
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