Handel, Vivaldi, Allegri, Tallis

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COMPOSERS: Allegri,Handel,Tallis,Vivaldi
LABELS: Decca Double Decca
ALBUM TITLE: Collection: Great Choral Classics
WORKS: Coronation Anthems; Gloria; Miserere; Spem in alium
PERFORMER: Choir of King’s College, Cambridge/David Willcocks
CATALOGUE NO: 452 949-2 ADD 1959-66
Heady stuff. Voices don’t soar much higher or purer than these heavenly bodies from King’s College. The treble Roy Goodman’s bell-like tone in Allegri’s Miserere represents a pinnacle of perfection by which all other performances must be judged. The recordings, some of them nearly forty years old, have a pleasant natural balance and fully exploit the wonderful chapel acoustics, but those accustomed to modern clarity may find the tape hiss and ever-threatening compression rather irksome. Christopher Lambton