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La Rue: Magnificat Sexti Toni

Magazine article Gramophone

La Rue: Magnificat Sexti Toni

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La Rue

Magnificat sexti toni. Missa Inviolata. Missa Nuncqua fue pena mayor. Salve regina VI The Brabant Ensemble / Stephen Rice Hyperion (F) CDA68150 (79' * DDD * T/t)

After 10 years of recordings with Hyperion, Stephen Rice and The Brabant Ensemble can look back on a truly enviable catalogue, contributing substantially to the availability of 16th-century polyphony in recordings of a really high quality. Their ensemble here, four men and four women, is not only entirely unlike what any 16th-century choir would have been but seems on the face of it quite unsuited to the music they perform. On the other hand, these are all such marvellous musicians, and so beautifully controlled by Rice, that nothing in the music seems lost or compromised.

As in most of their other recordings, they have concentrated on a single composer and on works that have never been recorded: so far as I can see, only one of them has been recorded before, and that a long time ago. But the point is not the obscurity of the repertory so much as that they have chosen superb works. …

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