'...poised, subtly expressive and finely balanced readings from the vocal ensemble...[including a] radiant performance of Palestrina's Tribularer, si nescirem.' BBC Music Magazine
'Beautifully balanced singing, super-smooth and refined.' Choir & Organ
'...every work [is] a model of emotionally moving expressive intensity. The singers exquisitely shape and blend each one.' The Sunday Times
'...the pure, unadorned quality of the singing and the range of music make this essential listening.' The Observer
'Magnificat's velvety sound is at its most luxurious. Their interpretations of the post-Josquin generation of continental composers are among the finest on disc.' Gramophone
These Latin settings by eight great vocal composers of the 16th century display a variety of scoring, textures and harmonic language that is mirrored in their intensity and attention to detail.
Josquin's Miserere, referred to as 'epic', 'massive', 'courageous' and 'bold' with similarities in stature and significance frequently drawn between the music of Josquin and Beethoven, opens the programme. Josquin's musical architecture, and his sensitivity to the text, combine to produce a work of astonishing delicacy, with kaleidoscopic twists and turns, rich and subtle use of texture and variety exploiting and illustrating the text with a heartfelt empathy. Both challenging and thrilling to sing, Josquin's Miserere perfectly demonstrates why Magnificat's world-class reputation for clarity, flawless intonation and purity of tone is second to none.
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'Magnificat's director Philip Cave shapes poised, subtly expressive and finely balanced readings from the vocal ensemble...[including a] radiant performance of Palestrina's Tribularer, si nescirem.'Pizzicato
'Deeply spiritual, intimate and decelerated performances with first rate choral singing.' / „Der Spannungsbogen bleibt stets erhalten, die Phrasierung verschmilzt Text und Musik zu einer konsequenten Einheit, die chorische Ausgewogenheit entflechtet das wundersame polyphone Gewebe auf raffinierte Art und Weise.“more >>Sid’s Classical Reviews
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'The singing on this disc brings out the dark richness to the textures.'more >>Choir & Organ
'sublime'more >>All Music
'sumptuous...they balance inwardness with text-centered singing and profound lyrical beauty. Highly recommended.'more >>Gramophone
'Magnificat's velvety sound is at its most luxurious. This sonorous ensemble create a wonderfully melancholic sound world. Their interpretations of the post-Josquin generation of continental composers are among the finest on disc.'more >>The Observer
'...the pure, unadorned quality of the singing and the range of music make this essential listening.'more >>Early Music Review
'So distinguished is every track on this pair of discs, and so distinguished are the performances of every track, that each item is a good reason by itself for purchasing the album.'more >>McAlister Matheson Music
'Fascinating...The sixteen-strong choir Magnificat draws out the essence of this music over a generous eighty-four minutes, matching the excellent scholarship that has led to this disc.'more >>The Sunday Times
'The singers exquisitely shape and blend each one.'more >>