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The blurb for this recording on the CD sleeve is a tad pretentious, suggesting that these composers have the ability to ‘steer the chorus through human emotion and experience, artfully portraying the epiphanous, the spiritual, and the joyous with unmatched profundity and depth’. No pressure, then! Actually the performances Vorlicek draws from his Kühn Choir are atmospheric and engaging, though the chorus is rather too closely miked in some instances. The inflected English of this fine chorus from the Czech Republic will trouble some, but it doesn’t really take away from one’s enjoyment of the programme as a whole. Richards’s Joyce settings, especially Sleep Now, are of particular interest. The CD also contains scores and extensive liner notes to allow for further investigation.

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