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Penguin Guide, January 2009

this CD is one of the very finest of this distinguished Naxos series

Penguin Guide, January 2009

An interesting feature of the Josquin setting is his interpolation of a trope (Laeta dies) following the Credo and before the Sanctus using a non-liturgical text. The effect is undoubtedly dramatic at the centre of a work where the flowing lines of the polyphony have such a rich harmonic implication. The long Credo breaks free, with the polyphony becoming more animated, and so becomes the central focus of the whole Mass—and what a beautiful Mass it is; very beautifully sung and recorded here. The Ave Maria is used to create a tranquil mood before the Mass itself begins, and the very touching motet, Absalom, fili mi, makes a poignant coda. This is followed by the radiant elegy of Josquin’s contemporary, Jheronimus Vinders, with its soaring treble line, surely a fitting tribute. With full texts provided, this CD is one of the very finest of this distinguished Naxos series.


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