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Hyperion Records

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Aztec shield (detail) (c1500).
Museum für Völkerkunde, Vienna
Track(s) taken from CDA67380
Recording details: October 2002
All Saints, Tooting, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: April 2003
Total duration: 15 minutes 23 seconds

'This wonderfully colourful collection puts the vivid vocal qualities of Jeffrey Skidmore's virtuoso choir Ex Cathedra into the foreground … sumptuously realised with a varied—but historically appropriate—panoply of voices and instruments … a richly rewarding CD … I have been driving around with it in my car and my 11-year old son now prefers it to David Bowie … thoroughly recommended' (Gramophone)

'fascinatingly varied in idiom and influence, and Skidmore has unearthed some real gems' (Choir & Organ)

'The expressive range is astonishing … a delight to commend' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Ex Cathedra has unearthed some magnificent music here; there are plenty of fascinating discoveries, performed with great feeling and panache, and with potent seasoning from the period instruments. The disc has the markings of a bestseller, and certainly deserves to be' (The Daily Telegraph)

'Jeffrey Skidmore unearths some scintillating examples of the Old World meeting the New, with Renaissance polyphony underpinned by African-Latin drums. The result is only a few beats removed from modern examples of Catholic worship. A fascinating disc' (The Independent)

'immaculately performed … fascinating' (The Guardian)

'This is one of the most exciting releases I've seen in awhile … The performance is flawless, with a wide range of emotional expression; the sound is excellent' (American Record Guide)

'this really is an irresistible recording, offering a wealth of styles and colours and plenty of South American sunshine. Buy it and discover the New World for yourself' (International Record Review)

'Hypnotically good … this is one of the most eye-opening CDs—or should I say ear-opening—that I have heard this year. What a magical concoction of sounds—and what brilliant playing!' (Classic FM)

'terrific music, terrific singing' (The Times)

'This is arguably the most original CD of the year, and it's generated a huge number of enquiries from Classic FM listeners. Jeffrey Skidmore and Ex Cathedra have tapped a rich seam of baroque choral music … Do not be put off by the unfamiliarity of the composers; this is wonderful music' (Classic FM Magazine)

'extremely rewarding, bringing yet further evidence of the richness of Latin American Baroque music … the performances are very accomplished indeed … splendid disc' (Fanfare, USA)

'this recording is highly recommended … These are polished, emotionally engaged performances, brightly recorded, of fascinating, exciting repertoire' (Early Music Today)

'stunning … choral music of the most vibrant quality imaginable, performed by Ex Cathedra with equally vigorous zeal … the whole background is fascinatingly documented in Skidmore's own invaluable insert-note … all vocalists display the group's customary virtuosity in a range of languages … unmissable' (Birmingham Post)

'Ex Cathedra and Jeffrey Skidmore are first-rate ambassadors for this music … the overall sound is beautiful and the performance, from instrumentalists and singers, has great conviction and energy … An album of unexpectedly wicked delight' (BBCi)

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