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New Gramophone review: "a sensational ‘Laudamus te’ solo from soprano Katie Trethewey"

Katie Trethewey is a soloist on the new CD from Ex Cathedra, Brazilian Adventures, reviewed in Gramophone by Edward Breen: "Missa pastoril para a noite de natal by José Maurício Nunes Garcia (1767-1830), a priest from Rio, is scored for three castratos, two falsettists, tenor and three basses. The great surprise of this Mass is that it was also orchestrated for a rich ensemble of violas, cellos, clarinets, bassoons, trumpets, horns, timpani and organ. An exquisitely simple pastoral theme infuses the work with a delicate wistful air to which the performers of Ex Cathedra respond beautifully. There is some wonderful clarinet-playing throughout and a sensational ‘Laudamus te’ solo from soprano Katie Trethewey. Skidmore’s notes invoke sunshine-filled Christmases and this is an image that certainly shines through his interpretation."

Posted on November 26th 2015

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