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Harmonia Mundi

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Reviewer: Rob Barnett

The angelically-voiced Kiehr with Aymes here delves into the deep and rewarding repertoire of Italian solo motets. The balmy Santa Agnelett's Gloria imparts calm like a benediction and establishes a line from which Mozart's Exultate Jubilate may be said to trace its ancestry. For Luigi Ross's Pender non prima Kiehr's voice is joined by harpsichord and lute. Contrast is provided by the echoing complexity of Frescobaldi's Toccata for harp - quite a discovery and not at all dainty. Other tracks include instrumental and vocal pieces, many short, by Ferrari, Mazzocchi, Gratiani, Rossi, Kapsberger (whose lute and chitarrone works have an HM Gold disc of their own). Remarkable is the Lagrime Amare by Mazzocchi the melisma of which takes the listener into realms more familiar from the works of Alan Hovhaness. Ferrari's Queste pungente spine is given an otherworldly confiding edge by Kiehr and Concerto Soave. The ensemble’s soloistic excellence throughout is a real strength of this anthology from a long distant world which is here recreated afresh. The sung words are printed in full and with some style and generosity of layout. Translations are also provided: French, English, German.

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