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Works reviewed: 
Salve Regina, Josquin Desprez
O bone et dulcissime Jesu, Josquin Desprez
Missa Pange lingua, Josquin Desprez
L'homme arme, Josquin Desprez
Domine, exaudi orationem meam, Josquin Desprez
De Profundis Clamavi, Josquin Desprez
Ave Maria, Josquin Desprez
Absalon Fili Mi, Josquin Desprez
Buffalo News, The
Buffalo, NY
Dec 16 2001
By: 
various

Some of the best music is released at the end of the year. Here, The News critics give us their top picks.

Simply irresistible Here are some suggestions for classical CDs that will have an irresistible appeal to the various appetites of the music aficionados on your gift list. When the Amherst Saxophone Quartet's Susan Fancher heard the original four-voice version of Josquin Desprez's "Ave Maria" she was smitten and vowed: "I have to play that." The upshot is that she transcribed many Desprez selections for four saxophones, which has resulted in two concerts and now a self-produced ASQ recording (No. 30701) "Renaissance Masterworks of Josquin Desprez," available at major record outlets. The combination of the ASQ's creamy satin sonority and impeccable balance with Desprez's unerringly engrossing voice leading, ear-riveting counterpoint and blissful harmonies make this CD an absolutely mesmerizing listening experience. For sheer sonic beauty, it's pretty close to nirvana.