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Previous releases from St John’s, Elora in this Naxos series include two other settings of psalm texts expressing different moods, and two volumes of hymns and anthems. The musical results are pleasing, the psalm chanting owing everything to the English choral tradition (vowels and diction here offering to the English ear an occasional frisson of Canadian accent, which is not unattractive). Organ accompaniments are colourful without intruding, and the singing is consistently tidy. By far the most effective settings are the more recent: Tavener (The Lamb), MacMillan (A New Song), Poulenc (the first two of Quatre motets); the Harvey (Remember, O Lord) needs basses with more range.

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