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Raymond Tuttle
Fanfare, May 2015

I have no serious reservations about the performances, and this is an excellent program of music, most of it not at all familiar. You might come for the Allegri, but I think you’ll be hooked by all of it, after a couple of listens. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review

Paul L. Althouse
American Record Guide, March 2015

…you’ll enjoy the solid performances by Backhouse and his Vasari Singers. © 2015 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Caroline Gill
Gramophone, January 2015

[Vasari Singers’] corporate engagement with the music and the overall sound is so tangible in their performance. …the close recording of the full–choir passages supports a warm, broad sound that more than does an English style of justice to those Italianate pieces. And the audible corporate breathing in the choir that is particularly noticeable in the Allegri is silent testament to the greatness of English choirs. © 2015 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

Matthew Power
Choir & Organ, January 2015

Imaginative settings if the Requiem, Miserere, and De Profundis are beautifully delivered on this CD. Pizzetti has a tonal language evoking Bruckner; Malipiero makes atmospheric use of organ and other instruments and a well-delivered baritone solo. The Allegri achieves a balance of warmth and space, and the necessary light touch. MacMillan’s powerful a capella setting brings a new perspective to the text, the agile singing being a crdit to the singers and to Backhouse’s lucid direction. Puccini’s accompanied five-minute setting of the Requiem is captivating. © 2015 Choir & Organ

Steven A. Kennedy
Cinemusical, December 2014

The chorus is well-captured in this recording…The voices fit very well together. The music is quite engaging and unique enough so that each work has a chance to reveal unique aspects of its composer’s style. The sound is simply superb. © 2014 Cinemusical Read complete review

John Quinn
MusicWeb International, December 2014

Over the years I’ve heard quite a number of recordings by this choir and I’ve been consistently impressed. However, I fancy this disc may be just about the best thing they’ve ever done. A thoughtfully conceived and interesting programme has been flawlessly executed. The singing not only gives consistent pleasure but also prompts admiration. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, December 2014

Spanning over three hundred years, and largely written for sacred purposes, Vasari Singers offer a disc of unaccompanied choral works largely by Italian composers. The disc turns the clock back to the 1630’s when Gregorio Allegri composed Miserere, one of the great masterpieces of his time for use in Rome’s Sistine Chapel. The work, one of beauty and ethereal tranquility, is here given a performance that goes to the top of my recommended recordings. Jumping forward to 1905, you might never put a composer’s name to Puccini’s brief Requiem, so untypical is the scoring. Likewise Pizzetti’s Requiem  from 1922 could have come from fifty years earlier, the result being a very listener friendly-score, the most extended movement based on the famous Dies irae theme used by so many others, while the following Sanctus moves towards the ‘pop’ part of classical music. De Profundis stylistically turns the clock back even further to the days of the great polyphonic composers in its setting for seven part mixed voices. You will find it even more surprising that the modernist credentials of James MacMillan have been somewhat put aside in his use of the same text as Allegri’s Miserere. Completing this imaginatively programmed disc, Malipiero’s De Profundis is scored for baritone, viola, piano (here taken by the organ) and bass drum. The Vasari Singers are in fine voice for their conductor, Jeremy Backhouse; their dynamic range is wide, with quiet passages finely spun. First class sound. © 2014 David’s Review Corner

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