2-for-1 budget pack of Latin motets for 2-4 soloists.
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The music here is a complete collection from 1614 - of the same genre as smaller pieces by Viadana or Durante, primarily on excerpts from psalms, and other well known motet texts. The longest pieces are a 9'22" Stabat Mater for alto, two tenors, and bass and an 8'41" litany of the Virgin. Recorded in 1998 this set includes a couple of prominent members of Concerto Italiano among the soloists and is, as you'd expect, well performed. Timing [41'35" 64'25"]. It loses only one star because Coma, while good, is not Monteverdi, and another star for not having texts. One never used to expect texts for budget CDs but these days when most, though not all, Naxos vocal releases have texts the bar has been raised an inch."