Latin Motets and Mass Fragments in the Ivrea Codex

Almisonis Melos
Latin Motets and Mass Fragments in the Ivrea Codex
Cantica Symphonia - Giuseppe Maletto
Opus 111 30-309

The program is of very high quality, representing a relative outpouring of works in this style. The interpretation itself, while being rather idiosyncratic in using instruments, has a definite charm about it. It represents a valuable perspective on this fine music, and although I would not expect to appreciate instruments here, they do add an element of continuity to the interpretations while making it easier for the voices to stay in tune. The result has a certain elegance to it.

Although this production starts to sound dated after 16 years, there has not been much attention to this repertory in the interim, or at least not in this sort of anthology format focusing on a range of polyphonic styles — unless you count Kandel's Machaut Mass program, also on this list.

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Todd M. McComb
Updated: 8 November 2016