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'In the Midst of Life'

Magazine article Gramophone

'In the Midst of Life'

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'In the Midst of Life' [G]

'Music from the Baldwin Partbooks, Vol 1'

Byrd Audivi vocem de caelo. Circumdederunt dolores mortis Gerarde Sive vigilem Mundy Sive vigilem Parsons Credo quod redemptor meus vivit. Libera me Domine. Peccantem me quotidie Sheppard Media vita Tallis Nunc dimittis Taverner Quemadmodum Contrapunctus / Owen Rees Signum [F] SIGCD408 (68' * DDD * [T]/[t])

Early music needs another British vocal ensemble like a meerkat needs car insurance. It's a field that's already standing-room only, with long-established groups jostling with younger rivals for space. But Contrapunctus are special. Their first disc, 'Libera nos: The Cry of the Oppressed' (Signum, 11/13), was seriously, startlingly good: the intimacy of The Cardinall's Musick, the rich, glowing tone of The Sixteen and the textual drama of Stile Antico. Their second disc proves that this was no one-off.

It's a shame that both the group's name and the rather earnest cover of 'In the Midst of Life' (subtitled 'Music from the Baldwin Partbooks, Vol T) may dissuade casual listeners from exploring the contents, because they would find much to delight here. …

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