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Mary, Queen of Heaven by the Master of the St Lucy Legend
Kress Collection, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC / Bridgeman Art Library, London
Track(s) taken from CDH55423
Recording details: July 2002
All Saints, Tooting, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Neil Hutchinson
Release date: June 2003
Total duration: 7 minutes 50 seconds

'The poise and control of the performers is apparent everywhere' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Elegant performances' (The Daily Telegraph)

'As ever with this ensemble the singing is muscular and clean-cut, with Kirkman's direction bringing out every detail' (Early Music Review)

'Formed in 1995 The Binchois Consort have clocked up just six recordings, all devoted to the sophisticated world of fifteenth-century sacred polyphony. Their efforts have won widespread critical acclaim and their small but ground-breaking discography is now beginning to look like one of the most valuable jewels in Hyperion's already fairly glittery crown. In the hands of The Binchois Consort this extraordinarily personal and deeply internal music resonates down the centuries with immense power' (International Record Review)

'There is no denying the beauty of the performances here. Kirkman's group … pour forth a golden stream of polyphonic textures captured in close and careful sound' (American Record Guide)

'The singing is uniformly excellent, characterized not only by purity of tone and clarity of lines, but by the rich and complex colors produced by the combined voices' (ClassicsToday.com)

'Un programme exceptionnel … que demander de plus? La suite!' (Diapason, France)

Ave regina caelorum
composer
mid-1460s
author of text
Antiphon to the Blessed Virgin Mary, from the Feast of the Purification until the Wednesday in Holy Week

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