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on January 11, 2000
For any who have sung such madrigals or are fans of this type of music, this is a fantastic cd. Lassus' Mon coeur se recommande a vous is breathtaking. I wouldn't trade this cd for anything.
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on July 25, 2000
My personal favorites are tracks 1,4 and 5. Note that this recording was originally made in the early 1960s, but the quality of the recording and arrangements are absolutly superior. The all male voices of some recordings(ie. King's Singers) are more acurate for the period; however, the soprano in this CD is the best I have ever heard at interpreting the french madrigal style. After hearing this group, you'll wonder why the singing groups at ren-fairs don't sound this good.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon March 23, 2014
Recorded in 1959, first published on Vanguard BG-604 (mono) BGS-5031 (stereo). Also CD-reissued in Europe on « The Bach Guild » 08 2000 71 (which is what I have) and in the Deller Series, 08 5061 71, none listed here, respectively EAN 3351472000713 and 3351475061711 on the European sister companies. This one here is the American equivalent of 08 2000 71, OVC 2000.

As usual with those Vanguard CD reissues, masterminded by the original founder of Vanguard Seymour Solomon, the transfers are great, with so minimal tape hiss that it is almost imperceptible, no more than the ambience noise of a concert hall, and with a very natural stereo spread and sonic perspective. The choice of French, English and Italian madrigals is great - my mouth gapes hearing the tour-de-force of Jannequin's Battle of Marignan, and how not be moved to tears by the 5 minutes of Tomkin's obsessive lamenting over the words "Absalon my son" -, with a fine alternation of the plangent and the lively. They are sung with an invigorating sense of making music together, in which the voice of Deller doesn't stand out particularly and call attention to itself - a true chamber musician. Short but apt liner notes, texts of songs included, total time 50 minutes, which was rather generous for an LP but not so much with a CD, and all the more frustrating that, which such marvel of music-making, you really want 30 more minutes of it. But there is a Madrigal Masterpieces 2 and Madrigal Masterpieces 3 that take care of that.

I usually write very long and detailed reviews, but what more is there to add to this one? I could raise a point or two about the way the Deller singers pronounce the riming words - they don't always have them rime, when modern pronunciation has made them diverge, as in "speak" and "break" - but what's the point? That is likely to be heard only by purists like myself, and it'll hamper enjoyment of no one, even purists like myself.
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on January 23, 2000
..."When David heard that Absalom was slained" is closest to the feeling I had when I read the corresponding chapter in the Bible.
The Dellar Consort used to have a recording of the 3 masses by Byrd, singing only with 3, 4, 5 singers each. Anyone knows where to get it?
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on January 23, 2000
..."When David heard that Absalom was slained" is closest to the feeling I had when I read the corresponding chapter in the Bible.
The Dellar Consort used to have a recording of the 3 masses by Byrd, singing only with 3, 4, 5 singers each. Anyone knows where to get it?
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