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News 2016: (US) The New York Times article: "Early-Music Ensembles: Praised as Pure, but Seeking More" (by Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, 20 Jan 2016)

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"When the female vocal quartet Anonymous 4 retired last month, it left behind a discography spanning a thousand years of music. But the core of its repertory was medieval music in which, in plainchant passages, the four women’s voices seemed to melt together into one silky, unison line. ...

... The lexicon of praise for female singers of early music can be narrow, with purity a recurrent concept. Take Lorelei, a nine-member female vocal ensemble from Boston that made its New York debut this month, singing works by the 12th-century French composer Pérotin as well as contemporary music. The group’s marketing material is peppered with critical praise for its “phenomenal purity” and its “purest, most natural, unadorned unity of sound.” One reviewer, writing about a program of Marian liturgical music, likened the ensemble’s sound ... "

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