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Missa Octum Vocum
Coro da camera Festina Lente/Schola Gregoriana (Federico del Sordo - organ)/Complesso Armonia Antiqua/Michele Gasbarro -director
Warner Fonit 8573 81476-2 [54.13]


This is a winner and I recommend it enthusiastically to collectors of 16th Century ecclesiastical music and, more especially, to anyone whose collection does not yet have an example of this repertoire.

There is a mass of fine music waiting in libraries to be brought back to active life, and this is as worthy a representative of their many forgotten composers as you will find. Francesco Bianciardi of Siena (1570-1607) died at 37 'when his star began to shine brightly'. He had found an equilibrium between Palestrina's strictness and innovative inventiveness. The poly-choral Mass (1605) reconstructed here has brilliant choral writing but kept subservient to liturgical requirements.

Peter Grahame Woolf

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