Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Zarlino, Gioseffo. (c.1517-1590) Canticum Canticorum Salomonis & selected motets.

New acquisition.
Date of purchase: November 2017.
First listen: 14-11-2017.
Recording dates: May 2005.
Venue: St. Peter in Chains, London, England.
Sound engineer: Adrian Hunter.
Time: 78:56.

Works performed on this disc:
See heading.

Performed by: 
Ensemble Plus Ultra, Michael Noone.

The composer on this CD I already knew in an other recording I have, (Singer Pur) so in that sense I expected a different performance, and this is what I got. Not at all comparable with each other, and almost no overlap in music. The voices and intonation, the flexibility,  colouring, diction, everything is different.  Plus Ultra  sings more academic, and the diction is at times a bit fuzzy, but they add great warmth and commitment to Zarlino's master work. I have a slight preference for Singer Pur as it comes to the choir culture, but am quite as happy with the newcomer. I have recordings with other composers by Plus Ultra, and none of them ever disappointed me. They have excellent soloists, and a choir culture that is at its highest level. With Singer Pur I could listen without pause, but the somewhat warmer busier performance by Plus Ultra makes the 78 minutes of music a long stretch to listen to.
Nevertheless I would not like to be without this interpretation.
The sound is quite good.



Sweelinck, Jan Pieterszoon. (1562-1621) Cantiones Sacrae, quinque vocum 1619, Canons and Motets.

From my collection. Date of purchase: December 2009. First listen: 19-10-2011. Second listen: 22-1-2018. Label: Glossa. Recording dates...