Tuesday, 22 March 2016
Josquin Desprez - Missa Gaudeamus
Thin sound and unengaged performances
I'm afraid this isn't a very good recording. I have never got on well with A Sei Voci's recordings of Josquin; I have found them rather thin in sound and somewhat unengaged as performances. The addition here of the children's choir, however well-intentioned, certainly doesn't help and I find the whole effect rather unpleasing. It certainly doesn't show Josquin's magnificent music at its best.
There is now a truly excellent recording of this mass by De Labyrintho. Rather than go on at length about why I find this A Sei Voci performance unsatisfactory, I will simply recommend that you try De Labyrintho. You will find samples to play on Amazon's mp3 page HERE . I suggest that you try them and if you like the sound, snap up either the download or the CD. It's a real treat.