Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Grandi, Alessandro. (1586-1630) Motetti a cinque voci. 1614.

New acquisition.
Bought in February 2017.
First listen: 15-2-2017.
Label: Divine Art.
Recording dates: May 2007.
Recording venue: St Mary de Haura, Shoreham by the sea, West Sussex, England.
Recording engineer: David Lefeber.
Running time: 79:00.
Classical relevance for me: Recommendation, with some side notes.

Works performed:
See Heading.
Added bonus tracks from the documentary "Fallen".
Lodovico Agostini.
St Catherine of Bologna.
Josquin Desprez.
Giaches de Wert.

Performed by:
Musica Secreta.

This disc is filled with beautiful music, no doubt about it. Whether it should be performed as it is, is a question of some debate. All the music is probably composed for male voices, thus the fact that it is performed all by females, is not necessarily something to get happy about. That has nothing to do with the quality of the voices, but more with the fact that it all sounds not quite right. Especially the high pitched voices of Tessa Bonner, and Deborah Roberts, will tire your ears pretty quickly, with the added bonus of a kind of sameness in the music that lets your mind wander after 6 or 7 tracks. I therefore advice not to listen to the whole disc in one go. Truth be said, that the recording is also at fault be it to a lesser extent, for when the sopranos are lashing out, even if it is ever so gently, the high pitched tones tend to penetrate your eardrums in a less than acceptable way. If not for these drawbacks this disc would get a top recommendation from me, for artistically all is above board and well done. Remains for me to say, that I rather have all the music sung by less oppressive sopranos, and more males as a backbone.
A mixed blessing then.

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