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Here’s a corking discovery to end with, shining a spotlight on Monteverdi’s teacher with world premiere recordings in Marc’Antonia Ingegneri: Missa Laudate pueri Dominum. Colourfully voiced women and youthful-sounding men of the Choir of Girton College, Cambridge, combine with Historic Brass of the Guildhall School and Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama to perform fresh editions by director Gareth Wilson, who moulds compelling interpretations. The central eight-part Mass setting is brilliant, ingenious stuff, offering majestic pillars of sound, elegant contrasts and liturgical colour. Though the acoustics are a little hard-edged, there’s no doubting the emotional depth and commitment of all concerned. What a great and welcome find – more, please!

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