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Now for two discs one might praise more wholeheartedly: in Alessandro Stradella’s San Giovanni Crisostemo, Harmonices Mundi bring mastery of technique and expression, with texts exquisitely enunciated and vividly energised singing and playing, to a gripping reading of this Roman oratorio of c.1670. Similarly, Marc’ Antonio Mazzone would surely approve the delicate, beguiling performances from Ensemble Le Vaghe Ninfe of his 1591 Il Primo Libro delle Canzoni a Quattro Voci. These intimate instrumental and vocal interpretations glow in a sensitively engineered recording.

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