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Instead of a two-performer focus, listeners get one involving three singers on the Tre Bassi CD from Carpe Diem, a label that was founded by two sound engineers and that records in old churches, monasteries and historic concert halls. The CD’s title plays off the super-popular “Three Tenors” recordings, and the repertoire here partakes of a similar mixture of the traditional and the decidedly non-traditional: among the 14 tracks, there is a Magnificat, there is an Ave Maria, there is a Salve Regina, and there are two De profundis clamavi works, but there are also three pieces by Santana. Like the “Three Tenors” collaborations, this three-basses compendium is more about rich tone, fine vocal quality and resonant sound (the recording is really quite good) than about the specific repertoire presented. It is, thus, a specialty vocal disc for people who want to find out how strong multiple bass voices can sound, together and separately, when recorded in venues that allow the singers’ low range to come through dramatically and to the best possible effect.

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