Still a very fine recording
Originally recorded in 1993, this remains a very fine disc.
The programme is excellent: one of Josquin's great mass settings, interspersed with motets by Jean Mouton. The disc opens with Mouton's best-known work, the sublime Nesciens mater, and his other pieces here are also very beautiful. Josquin's mass is, of course, magnificent. He was among the very greatest Renaissance composers (arguably the greatest) and this setting is a wonderful example of the power, beauty and stunning musical architecture of his work.
I love this performance; Paul Hillier is a superb interpreter of this repertoire and he brings a beautiful, full and rich sound from his ensemble. They are technically excellent and they engage fully with what they are singing so the meaning and depth is all there. The resonant acoustic sacrifices a little clarity of line to warmth of sound, but not enough to interfere with the music, and the overall effect is very lovely and genuinely moving in places.
Even after almost 25 years, this is still a performance which stands well among many excellent Josquin recordings since, and I can recommend it very warmly.