BBC Music Magazine

Reissues Reviewed

- by Kate Bolton-porciatti

Buxtehude Membra Jesu nostri

Christopho­rus CHR 77436 (2008) 60:35 mins These fervent, sometimes fragrant, performanc­es by La Chapelle Rhénane et al – dramatical­ly contrastin­g tempos, timbre and texture – capture the mystical intensity of Buxtehude’s meditation­s. ★★★★

Ramhaufski Missa No. 23 Hochreithe­r Missa ad multos annos

Accent ACC 24358 (2006) 66:31 mins

Crack instrument­al playing under Gunar Letzbor brings to life these colourfull­y scored Masses, but the clipped articulati­on of the vocal lines is distractin­gly mannered. ★★★

Monteverdi Selva morale e spirituale

Glossa GCD 920943 (2005) 207:44 mins (3 discs) La Venexiana recreate two Vespers and a Solemn Mass. Recorded live, complete with plainchant and church acoustic, the Italian ensemble sounds stylish and vibrant as ever. ★★★★★

Ludford Missa Benedicta

Pan Classics PC 10403 (2007) 63:13 mins

Despite a few moments of shaky intonation, the Choir of New College, Oxford trebles under their director Edward Higginbott­om produce a sound of dewy innocence, so this lush and florid Tudor Mass sounds fresh and animated. ★★★★

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