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This unusually packaged private release by Llandaff Cathedral (presented in an over-sized gift box and with a glossy booklet with texts of the pieces and photos) takes its name from the Jacob Epstein statue which, set high above the crossing, dominates the post-war restored interior of the cathedral. Saluting its new Nicholson organ, information about the instrument would be an obvious necessity for sleeve notes, but there is nothing. All the choral repertoire on this disc is very standard Anglican fare, the choir’s singing is attractive but intonation and balance suffer in places, which is surely infra dig from a cathedral choir. What is clear is how well and subtly the new Nicholson works as an accompanimental partner.

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