An impassionate affair

The Armonico Consort's wide-ranging programme of composers who revelled in raw emotion coud do with some passion of its own

Title: Naked Byrd
 Byrd, Allegri, Górecki, Tavener, et al.
Repertoire: Songs 
Artists: Armonico Consort/Christopher Monks
Rating:  2/5
Genre: Orchestral
Label: Signum Classics SIGCD 180

The ‘Naked’ in the title refers to naked passion. The Armonico Consort’s wide-ranging programme includes composers from Byrd to Górecki, united by their ‘tendency to wear their hearts on their sleeves and their ability to fix a sense of raw emotion’. Frustratingly, this live concert recording could have done with a bit more of the latter. Despite some lovely moments, the singing doesn’t always pick up on the meaning of the texts, some tempi are surprisingly slow and there are tuning glitches. Tallis’s Loqubantur variis linguis falls down on all three fronts, with some dreary ‘hallelujahs’. However, Allegri’s Miserere Mei is well done.