A great re-issue
Sid Nuncius | London England | 03/24/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a really fine set containing all five of The Sixteen's discs of music from the Eton Choirbook, originally recorded and released in the early 1990s. The Sixteen were already very well-respected at the time and since then Harry Christophers' choir has established itself as one of the world's great ensembles in this repertoire.
The music itself is magnificent. It is a treasure-trove of late 15th- and early 16th-Century English polyphony. A huge amount of English music was lost during the religious upheavals and destruction of the following two centuries and the Eton Choirbook is the sole remaining source for much of the wonderful music performed here - and it is a delight.
The English characteristics of the time including fabulous sonority and a soaring top line are all in evidence, and the effect is stunning. The Sixteen perform superbly, with little or no vibrato, a clarity of line and a sonorous blend which are ideal. Larger scale works send tingles down my spine and the simpler pieces draw you in and hold you with their charm and intimacy. They are simply great discs, every one of them.
At this price for all five discs it's a set to be snapped up, and I recommend it very strongly."
S. T. Hickcox | Baton Rouge, LA USA | 07/11/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have to agree with Sid Nuncius, this is a remarkable compilation, a real treasure trove of old English music.
I put all five discs on my carousel. Usually, with a genre of music, I am a bit grateful when the five are over, but not with these. The music is as sublime and transporting as English choral music can be.
It would be hard to recommend one CD of this set if one was reluctant to purchase the five CD set, so I won't. Pick one - you will be pleased."