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In Morning star, Owain Park and The Gesualdo Six bring all their usual programming flair to a distinctly superior celebration of Epiphany. Of the twenty-one tracks spanning the music of centuries, some works are well known, others less so, but all benefit from the scrupulous care and attention so characteristic of this group. And with Francisco Guerrero's Missa Ecce sacerdos magnus, Magnificat & motets, Stephen Rice and The Brabant Ensemble turn to one of the three great composers to have emerged from Spain in the sixteenth century. If Guerrero is today a less familiar name than the other two (Cristóbal de Morales and Tomás Luis de Victoria), that is no reflection on the quality of his music, as listeners to this wonderful new release will quickly discover.
Ayanna Witter-Johnson's Ocean Floor on LSO Live is a thrilling showcase for a composer who nonchalantly fuses 'classical' with 'alternative RnB' while simultaneously performing vocals and on the cello. Here joined by a crack quartet from the LSO Percussion Ensemble and pianist/composer Gwilym Simcock, the works—are they songs? or meditations?—cover a panoply of emotions in an ever-varying tapestry of musical texture.
La Serenissima vivaciously completes a project for Signum Classics this month with the release of Giuseppe Antonio Brescianello's Concerti & Sinphonie Op 1 Libro Secondo. Astonishingly this wonderful composer's only published opus, the six violin concertos and six sinfonias of the full set are brimming with Vivaldian gusto (and, on occasion, some of his tunes …) and for this rare modern outing Book 2 is coupled with one of Brescianello's lively 'overture suites'. Adrian Chandler conducts and wields the solo violin with appropriate abandon.
Infinite refrain is a new Signum album from countertenor Randall Scotting and tenor Jorge Navarro Colorado, two voices which complement one another fabulously. Subtitled 'Music of love's refuge', their programme—with the Academy of Ancient Music and conductor Laurence Cummings—explores the hidden (and not so hidden) nuances of gay love in seventeenth-century Venice, incorporating some delectable rarities as well as favourites by Monteverdi and others.