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A masterfully atmospheric recording, with the York Minster echo just held back, that reconstructs Epiphany Sunday at the great church. The Eucharist centres on Widor’s op.36 Mass for two choirs and two organs, whose weight and intensity is balanced by David Briggs’s deceptively slight carol Infant Holy. There’s a mix of new and old too, for Matins and Evensong, with arrangements after Walton, Dyson and Howells (the Te Deum of Collegium Regale), solid English fare, interspersed with newer and more searching pieces by Jonathan Dove (a lovely The Three Kings for Evensong), Philip Moore and Richard Shephard, who also arranges Richard Strauss’s Die heiligen drei Könige aus Morgenland, bringing Matins to a shimmering close. Robert Sharpe delivers drama without undue theatricality, preserving the essence of Epiphany, but expanding its imaginative reach.

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