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As an introduction to this Berlin-born composer who next year will be 80 and has, since 1958, been resident in Sweden, these choral works, interspersed with three short and slight organ Intermezzi,do not inspire enormous enthusiasm. The two a cappella hymns Salve Regina and Crux Ave Benedicta are attractive and chromatically accessible, but soon tire. Sleeve-note references to twelve-tone structures and an austere harmonic language are not musically supported, and the strong choral sound is too male-dominated.

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