"Two firsts here. The 14th-century Mass of Tournai is the first known polyphonic setting of all six movements of the Ordinary of the Mass as a single entity. And the 15th-century St. Luke Passion, an English work, is the first known Passion setting to include polyphony. Fascinating for students. Others may have a harder time with the Passion, which consist largely of swatches of austere chant. It’s interspersed with polyphonic sections that bear the hallmarks of the ’English countenance’ that was to influence continental music. The Mass, meanwhile, exhibits various styles, ending with an extraordinary Ite Missa Est that combines French love song, moralizing Latin poem and sacred text. A clever transition, as Tonus Peregrinus’s Antony Pitts notes, between the spiritual and the worldly."
Stephen Pettitt - The Sunday Times,London - May 2003
"Tonus Peregrinus sing with a freshness and enthusiasm that bring this very early music to life so engagingly as to captivate even those coming to it for the first time...Congratulations to Naxos for making this very fine music available at an irresistibly affordable price."
Elizabeth Roche - Daily Telegraph (UK) - June 2003
"Students of early music will relish the eerie beauties of these two anonymous works, performed with crystal clarity by the ever reliable (and pioneering) Tonus Peregrinus. Dating from the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, the Mass of Tournai and the St. Luke Passion are the first known polyphonic setting of the Mass (in all six movements) and the Passion respectively. The first emerged from what is now Belgium, the second was home-grown. Not to all tastes, perhaps, but a rare collector’s item of hauntingly spare charm."
Anthony Holden - The Observer (London) - June 2003