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Offline Archaic Torso of Apollo

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John Sheppard
« on: April 15, 2010, 07:40:27 AM »
Any opinions on this (until recently very) obscure English Renaissance composer?

Based on some rave reviews, I'm considering this recording of his Media Vita and other works:

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Re: John Sheppard
« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2010, 08:06:30 AM »
He's dreadfully English - anyone bored by Tallis' simplicity would have nightmares with Sheppard, but it's likable despite how homogenious his output can sound. I didn't care for his masses, but this disc was a good find:



Comments are often made about English early music ensembles draining the festivity out of continental European choral music, but the incredible precision of a group like the Tallis Scholars really underlines what is already implied in the spare and unambitious style of Sheppard.

You can't go wrong with a Stile Antico disc, all of their HM issues have had stunning reviews.
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