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Groups with original views on performance practice continue to thrive. one such is Graindelevoix and, having toiled through the bizarre packaging, I found in Cesena – Songs of Popes, Princes and Mercenaries more than enough to pique the ear. Their purely vocal take on material from the Codex Chantilly and other sources will divide opinion with weirdly daring portamento, pungently distinctive voices and an almost improvisatory air that brings the ars subtilior right into the 21st century.

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