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This superb disc by the twelve voices of Musica Beata is beautifully sung and recorded. The disc takes its title from Moeran’s Songs of Springtime, settings of Elizabethan texts which, especially in Love is a Sickness, evoke the madrigal settings of that era. The CD explores secular English part-song from the late 19th century to the mid-20th, with a fine reading of Vaughan Williams’s familiar Shakespeare Songs of 1951. A personal favourite in this well-balanced programme, which also includes settings by Stanford, Pearsall and Bennett, is Elgar’s My Love Dwelt in a Northern Land, here given a beautifully judged performance.

Musica Beata’s direct, unfussy, well-projected ensemble singing is admirable and hugely enjoyable throughout.

PHILIP REED Read the full review on Agora Classica


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