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FINNISSY: SEVEN SACRED MOTETS
VOCES SACRAE, directed by JUDY MARTIN

Michael Finnissy is one of the best known and most productive of modern British composers, and highly featured in the Metier catalogue.  These beautiful motets are lyrical and deeply spiritual, in an accessible modern idiom.

CD DURATION:  38:41

AUDIO SAMPLE: Et cum factus esset (extract)




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Hymnos sacrae quos virgini
In mense autem sexto
Salve Regina
Et cum factus esset
Ave regina coelorum
Stabant autem iuxta crucem
O virga, floriditatem tuam

review extracts: for full reviews click here
“This Metier recording offers a crystal clear production. The voices penetrate the ear with an ambience and clarity that easily transforms the listener from the present to a Renaissance Burgundian court . Undoubtedly great value for money at a mid-price range. ” – Classical Source
“An intriguing facet to the work of this important contemporary composer. Another enterprising release in Metier's Finnissy series, featuring impressive singing by Voces Sacrae.” - Andy Hamilton (Classic CD)
“Idiomatically conceived, these motets traverse a variety of liturgical techniques with a concentration and lucidity that compel admiration.” – Richard Whitehouse (Gramophone)
“[Finnissy’s] motets have an apparent simplicity, a devotional serenity, an authenticity in their use of plainchant that make them hard to distinguish from works written centuries ago. Fans of Tavener and Gorecki should find enjoyment here.” - Paul Driver (The Sunday Times)

“Their tone is unequivocally influenced—permeated, in fact—by the soundworld of chant, not just Gregorian but also alluding to the more varied melodies found in Ambrosian chant, with one or two elements of folk music as well. As they progress, the initial ostensible similarities to conventional ecclesiastical chant become more and more implausible, Finnissy's writing somehow encapsulating austerity alongside deeply heartfelt, emotional word-painting. The performances, by the nine-strong Voces Sacrae directed by Judy Martin, are utterly spellbinding, a recording from the late '90s that still sounds incredibly vivid.” – Simon Cummings (5against4)