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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA67490
Recording details: January 2004
St Paul's Church, New Southgate, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: January 2005
Total duration: 7 minutes 36 seconds

'Jeffrey Skidmore's reading pushes the unique structure of Peerson's paragraphs into the foreground: large-scale dynamic contouring, leisurely tempos and subtle shifts in balance create a spacious framework in which the composer's large structures emerge. The Ex Cathedra Consort triumphs beautifully over the vocal challenges of this music with its pellucid upper voices, restrained yet robust basses, and attention to textual detail … this reconstruction of Peerson, enhanced by excellent sound engineering, manages to reveal a master at work' (BBC Music Magazine)

'This recording is one of the most exciting discs of Renaissance sacred music to have appeared in recent years … These fine motets show that he was a highly accomplished composer of choral polyphony with a strongly individual flavour, which uses imaginatively understated means to pack a considerable emotional punch' (The Daily Telegraph)

'this recording is definitely worth listening to. It affords us what we may assume is a good overview of the works of a skilled composer, who clearly absorbed a range of influences but was not afraid to put his own personal mark on his music, and as such is an uncommon treat' (International Record Review)

'The performances are shapely and expressive, leaving nothing to be desired in technical polish. Connoisseurs will rejoice to have this rare music brought to life for all to hear' (American Record Guide)

'Tuning, balance, and ensemble are all excellent, and Peerson's often complex, even convoluted polyphony emerges with a commendable clarity that is a tribute to both director and singers. Add to that Hyperion's customary outstanding engineering, and you have a splendid disc of unusual repertoire that fully deserves widespread attention and success' (Fanfare, USA)

'For all their comparative youthfulness, these are mature voices in the ECC, complemented by agile and well-controlled technique. As is typical with Skidmore-directed performances, the Latin is shaded with pronunciation coloured with the country's local accent … just one example of these performers' thoughtful preparation and response' (Birmingham Post)

Mulieres sedentes
composer
author of text
Prima pars: Benedictus Antiphon, Vigil of Easter; Secunda pars: Antiphon and Gradual, Maundy Thursday

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