The composers represented here are Purcell, Paisible, Tollett, Morley, Weelkes and Tomkins. A capella anthems, funeral hymns, marches (for oboes and drums), a virginal piece, brass ensembles, all come together to create a marvelous tapestry of intimate sorrow and outward pomp, beautiful lamentations and stately mournful airs.
The Vox Luminis choral group sound movingly resonant. You hear why their previous recording won them the 2012 Gramophone Recording of the Year. And the original instrument ensembles sound equally appropriate.
It's a sonic marvel, a choral and instrumental treasure one wants to return to repeatedly with great satisfaction. Early music performance as state-of-the-art. Recommended!