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Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643 : Italy) Conductor: John Eliot Gardiner Ensemble: The Monteverdi Choir; Philip Jones Brass Ensemble; Philip Jones Wind Ensemble Record label: Decca Catalogue ID: 4434822

Gregorio Allegri (1582-1652 : Italy) Conductor: Harry Christophers Ensemble: The Sixteen Record label: Classic FM Catalogue ID: CFMD 34

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If ye love me Thomas Tallis (c.1505-1585 : England) Conductor: Peter Phillips Ensemble: ;Tallis Scholars Record label: Gimell Catalogue ID: CDGIM 203

Thomas Tallis (c.1505-1585 : England) Conductor: Jeremy Summerly Ensemble: ;Oxford Camerata Record label: Naxos Catalogue ID: 8 557770

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Ave verum corpus William Byrd (1543-1623 : England) Conductor: Stephen Cleobury Ensemble: Choir of King's College, Cambridge Record label: EMI Catalogue ID: 50999 22894403

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Justorum animae William Byrd (1543-1623 : England) Conductor: Graham Ross Ensemble: Choir of Clare College, Cambridge Record label: Harmonia Mundi Catalogue ID: HMU 907617

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Classic FM collection: Early & Renaissance: 1400 to 1600 artwork

Classic FM collection: Early & Renaissance: 1400 to 1600 Various artists: 1400 to 1600 Ensemble: The Sixteen; Gabrieli Consort; The Consort of Musicke and more

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Classic FM collection: Baroque: 1600 to 1750 30 tracks - £6.99 Ensemble: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; Academy of Ancient Music and more Soloists: Janine Jansen; Elin Manahan Thomas; Andreas Scholl; Daniel Hope and more

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