The re-emergence of Gothic Voices earlier this year proved just the tonic for those of us mourning the retirement of The Hilliard Ensemble. Considering that both have produced chart-topping discs featuring medieval music—itself no mean feat—there is a pleasing symmetry to such a recalibration of the medieval vocal scene.
Gothic Voices enjoy a well-earned reputation as trailblazers in performance practice, having recorded over 300 pieces of music each with exquisite thoughtfulness, precision and poignancy. Such collective history is neatly encapsulated in their tag line: ‘unaccompanied close medieval harmonies’, and for those unaware of the musicology synonymous with this ensemble, allow me to indulge in a quick recap.
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