Ensemble Daedalus - O Vergin Santa Non M'abbandonare

Wednesday 1st June 1994
Ensemble Daedalus - O Vergin Santa Non M'abbandonare

STYLE: Choral
RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
LABEL: Accent 9289

Reviewed by John Biddulph

This is an interesting and sometimes extraordinary collection of 16th century poetry set to music known as a "lauda". Vocally all the movements are strong and the performance is delivered in a sensitive and artistic manner. The second piece entitled "Salve, Regina De Misericordia" contains suspensions and quarter tone slides that are exquisitely executed and say much for the knowledge, understanding and skill of the performers. Unaccompanied sections, particularly the first one, are long and rather repetitive but the recording can be enjoyed for the moments where instruments and voices combine. Vocal parts are well focussed in the mix and this helps the balance between voice and instrument but has the unfortunate effect of making the listener feel that they are seated on the front row with the singers uncomfortably close (perhaps this is intended to add realism having experienced it in some churches!) A few reservations apart, this is a really interesting collection and needs acclimatisation and several careful listenings to gain maximum benefit from what is an excellent rendering of a musical clarity.

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