CHRISTOPHER SMITH Norwich Cathedral
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Christopher Duarte brought a powerful programme of music from, or inspired by, Renaissance Rome.
His select small group of singers had Timothy Patient at the little chamber organ gently underpinning the settings.
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Balance and blend were attractive features in Nanino's We Adore You; a more sombre spirit was caught in a motet by Morales.
Soriano's arrangement of Palestrina's Pope Marcellus Mass offered a welcome opportunity to hear a classic of the period in unfamiliar guise. Though the opening movement came across well, the Gloria was quite a disappointment. Fortunately all was redeemed by the Sanctus.
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Morten Lauridsen's Madrigali were also interpretations of Italian poems from the 16th century.
As the singers showed in their flexible responses to a difficult score, Lauridsen was loyal to tradition in always reflecting a wide range of emotions with dramatic intensity.
Marking a return to more conventional values, Palestrina's Jubilate provided a confident finale.