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This programme covers the busiest period in the Church’s liturgical year and its content stretches across the centuries. Tippett’s spirituals from his oratorio A Child of our Time, which are dotted throughout the content, clash with the pieces next to them. The worst aspect of this is seen when John Sanders’s dynamic and fervent Reproaches for Good Friday, given a truly riveting performance by the choir, are followed by ‘Go down, Moses’. The breath-taking interpretation of the Sanders needed nothing else after it; the rest of the programme comes as an anti-climax. This is a competent choir which has very good soloists, gives clarity to the contrapuntal lines, sings with enthusiasm, and has good diction and excellent breath control. The spirituals were not needed to make the disc audience-friendly.

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