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Laudi Spirituali finds Cappella del Sacro Monte from Poland exploring the tail end of the ‘lauda’ craze for vernacular devotional song that swept middle Italy from the middle ages onwards, reaching finality with works by Michael Praetorius and others performed in Rome at the end of the 16th century. It’s not high art but the performers apply themselves with laudable enthusiasm. Claude le Jeune’s psalm-settings are a pinnacle of early Reformation artistry and the Choir of St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, programme a selection interspersed with hymns from the Calvin Psalter in Mon Dieu me paist. Callow choral sound and an enclosed recording notwithstanding, Edward Wickham moulds as much contrast and interpretation as might be achievable from his young voices.

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