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Probably best known for his innovative writing for violin, and for acting on La Pompadour’s part in a log-rolling contest against Italian opera, Mondonville emerges as an intriguing choral writer as well. The De Profundis is a work of some spiritual depth, given gravitas without sententiousness by the Purcell Choir. The earlier Magnus Dominus and Nisi Dominus are among his best works, made while he established himself in Paris and before he became a court mouthpiece. György Vashegyi gives lots of orchestral detail and colour.

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