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Venice is a city of art, and for music that evokes the Romanesque mosaics of San Marco one might look to Venetia Mundi Splendor and Oktoechos, whose academically laudable programme of medieval polyphony by Landini, Ciconia, Dufay et al includes some world premiere recordings. Unfortunately, the squeaky, unreleased vocals of one member of this female consort make hearing some tracks a trial. By welcome contrast, Voces Suaves live up to their name in vivacious performances of Giovanni Croce’s Motetti & Sacrae Cantiones with voices and instruments having a whale of a time in double choir glory, recorded with spatial respect in the appropriate setting of Santa Barbara, Mantua, standing in for San Marco where Croce was maestro di cappella before Monteverdi.

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