Gothic Voices - Nowell synge we bothe al and som - BBC Music Magazine
Gothic Voices will shortly mark its 40th anniversary, and celebrates with Nowell synge we bothe al and som, a new programme of medieval songs and motets for the Christmas season. The material is a mix of plainchant and polyphony, arranged for various combinations of the ensemble's four members. The glowing blend of tone and fluidity of phrasing achieved in Dunstaple's 'Gaude virgo salutary' is typical of all 25 tracks on the recording. Among these, mezzo-soprano Catherine King's gently caressing 'Lullay, lullay: Als I lay' and the jubilant 'Nowell: Owt of your slepe' are obvious highlights, and the sound is excellent.