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“Fatigue seems to haunt this worthy performance. Stephen Cleobury's deliberate tempos tend to dissolve the impact of the text… - and impede any build-up towards cadential climaxes. Fretwork plays elegantly, but response to the text only listlessly.”
16th October 2007
“[Fretwork's] presence is the real strength of this disc. Viol playing had been part of musical education since Henry VIII had engaged a viol consort in 1540, and the choristers at Westminster Abbey and St Paul’s Cathedral would have all received lessons. So, this disc gives us a far better idea of the sound world of these three composers than is often offered on choral anthem collections.”
“…the instrumental pieces… are expertly played by the viol consort Fretwork, which also accompanies the verse anthems. The famous choir sings with full-bodied tone and unfailing precision.”
“I would happily sit in King's College Chapel listening to this choir sing for the rest of my days.”
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