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Cheerfully bonkers music from a composer who didn’t hide his eccentricities under a bushel but let them play out in daylight. Grainger’s fascination with literature, and especially epic poetry, is evident here, though it’s the interpretation of Kipling’s Danny Deever that stands out for sheer narrative impact. Sydney Chamber Choir handles the more mythological pieces, most of them premiere recordings, and gives them due weight without being shouty. Davis clearly loves this neglected, ‘blue-eyed’ music and lets rip. The multi-channel sound is like standing in a high wind, or something just as exhilarating.

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