Choir And Organ

The world of musicology has long been aware that there were nuns who sang sacred polyphony written for men in ingenious re-arrangements. Barely explored on disc, it was time someone gave it a serious go, and there is surely no ensemble better equipped intellectually to unlock this cloistered performance practice that Musica Secreta. Their versions of Palestrina et al are convincing, even if the chant sung by their schola, Celestial Sirens, has a clunkiness now assuaged by the claustrophobic acoustic – fascinating from the historical point of view, and a curiosity for the collector.

—Rebecca Tavener