The performances by the first-class Danish choir under Bo Holten on Naxos use a larger group (fourteen in all) and one in which the rich-voiced women singers refine their tone to sound very like boy-trebles when required. The account of the Missa Prolationum is particularly rich-textured, and beautifully balanced: the Sanctus and Benedictus strikingly so. The Requiem is also superbly sung, if with the rough edges smoothed off. The Intemerata Dei Mater opens the programme. It is sung with considerable feeling and immediately shows the splendid inner blend commanded by this group. Holten moves the polyphony forward with just the right degree of momentum. The choir is very beautifully recorded, but the disc (unusually for Naxos) is let down a little by the absence of English translations.
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