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Few of the dozen Delius part-songs here are particularly notable, though it is of interest to have the early group of six (pre-1887) included, and curiously among them the early Ave Maria, a text by Von Giebel apparently also set by Clara Schumann. The later group is far more characteristic, including the delicious On Craig Ddu and the Tennyson setting The splendour falls of 1923. Ireland, however, has a more comfortable relationship with the choir, and 14 of his settings, including the carols and two late pieces, Immortality and The Hills, show both the composer and the well-balanced Birmingham choir at their best.

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