This is an interesting, and relatively broad program of Trecento music, seemingly not so different in its repertory priorities than those of various others (including on this list). So it's a fairly generic program, albeit with several highlights. What sets it apart is the all-vocal performance.
I've enjoyed many all-vocal performances of music from this era, paradigmatically starting with Gothic Voices, but I've also never considered them to be the only — or even necessarily best — approach. Such misgivings were especially true for the Italian repertory, particularly as Gothic Voices was rather stiff in this material (to pick on them again, I guess). However, despite some initial misgivings (and these might have derived, at least in part, from my irritation at having not heard of this recording until a year or so after it appeared) including about the resonant recording space, I've come to find this all-vocal survey to be enjoyable & worthwhile, especially as an alternative. Some of the voice parts can still sound a little awkward at times, but there begins to be a real coherence & greater sense of affectivity....
Although I'm (still) not advocating for exclusivity — or anything close — this is a real step forward in all-vocal performance of Trecento music (adding to many excellent individual tracks on other programs, that is).
To medieval secular listTodd M. McComb Updated: 19 April 2020