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BBC Music Magazine
A 92-track pioneering survey, some performances brilliant (the lutes in Merula's piece), others dated (the Dunstable song). Nicely recorded solo singers.
The first thing to say is that it is an exceptionally interesting selection of music dating from the later fifteenth century to somewhere about 1630... This is an interesting and important anthology, full of beautiful music, never less than efficiently and often very well performed, recorded cleanly yet with sufficient atmosphere. The accompanying booklet provides all the essential material, words and translations, information about the sources and a note which shows how Mr Rooley's approach to the music is, if unusual, well thought-out. May this venture be the first of many, for there is so much, so very much still to be done.
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