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
Composer: Byrd, Allegri, Górecki, Tavener, et al.
Artists: Armonico Consort/Christopher Monks
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.