A journey from twenty-first-century Connecticut to late sixteenth-century Rome: Yale Schola Cantorum presents a programme of quasi-Baroque richness in which Palestrina’s a cappella Mass is imaginatively interpersed with instrumental interludes for cornett and organ.
Hill produces a marvellous sound from his choir, beautifully tuned, beautifully balanced and with many truly exciting moments. Bruce Dickie is a totally authoritative player for the two Bassano pieces and two further Palestrina pieces; and Liuwe Tamminga plays with equal authority. These tracks are an unalloyed pleasure. Gramophone
Under the masterly direction of David Hill, this crack student choir produces a clean yet luxuriant sound…The sacred acoustic, slightly distant placement of the microphones, and seraphic high voices all combine to create an ethereal effect – indeed, the priority here is on pure timbral beauty rather than on text-driven articulation. BBC ****