Ian Bostridge etc; Le Concert d’Astrée/Emmanuelle Haïm
Virgin 948 2532
Characterful instrumental playing, with Bostridge as close as anyone to the ‘speaking in song’ of the time.
Taverner Consort & Players/Andrew Parrott
Virgin 561 6622
A classic recording, with full liturgical reconstruction and phenomenally good choral and consort tuning.
Fourth Book of Madrigals
Concerto Italiano/Rinaldo Alessandrini
A virtuosic account of this great a capella book.
Flaming Heart – secular choral works
I Fagiolini/Robert Hollingworth
An excellent introduction, with madrigals drawn from several books.
Freya Parr is BBC Music Magazine's Digital Editor and Staff Writer. She has also written for titles including the Guardian, Circus Journal, Frankie and Suitcase Magazine, and runs The Noiseletter, a fortnightly arts and culture publication. Freya's main areas of interest and research lie in 20th-century and contemporary music.