We are delighted that this recording made in 1995 is available again, now on the Alto label (please note it was originally released on the ASV label).
‘It is fascinating to observe the skill with which Lassus reworks his models (for parody masses), chosen most commonly from among Italian madrigals, French chansons and Latin motets… Ex Cathedra offer a clear alternative to king’s. Their account of the motet Vinum Bonum itself is more involving, and for the Mass theirs is the more dynamic reading… Ex Cathedra present a contrasting series of motets for three to eight voices, and the wind ensemble round out the disc with 3 bicinia, two-part pieces excerpted from his vocal music’ (Gramophone)
‘an excitingly distinctive cutting edge … builds into a truly majestic sound’ (BBC Music Magazine)
‘a glorious sound. I shall be returning to this CD often.’ (The Singer)
‘This is music of stunning beauty… The singing is superb: idiomatic, unhurried yet always bending towards conveying the sublime, the venerating, the sensitive and the divine’ (www.musicweb-international.com – Recording of the month)