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A world in which Byrd’s Ave verum corpus, Gibbons’ O clap your hands, and Tallis’ Salvator mundi are confined to dusty library volumes, seldom sung? If, as to me, the idea seems abhorrent, then you too have cause to thank the Carnegie UK Trust (100 years old in 2013) for their sponsorship between 1922 and 1929 of the ten-volume Tudor Church Music, which brought these and other wonders out of the ashes of obscurity back into the public consciousness. That the performances on this disc are given with the customary Stile Antico level of excellence goes without saying; what pleases most is the commitment and passion with which the ensemble sings works that have become so much part of English choral furniture that they often scarcely warrant a glimmer of interest from even the most devoted of enthusiasts, thus reminding us of the striking beauty of this repertoire.

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