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This is a curiously mixed and unusual recital, though admirably performed, covering a repertoire from Schubert’s Song of the Spirits over the Water (D714) through Wagner’s biblical scena The Feast of Pentecost and Bruckner’s posthumously published Helgoland to Grieg’s robust setting of Landkjen- ning of 1872 written for the restoration of Trondheim cathedral. Debussy’s Invocation, the text not seeming so comfortable for the Lund Singers, was a first attempt to gain the Prix de Rome, and Sibelius made this second transcription of The Captive Queen, originally for mixed voices and orchestra. Mittagsruhe is the second of an opulent cycle of four songs written as op.76 by Richard Strauss in 1928, and in this the warmth of the Singers, one of the oldest choirs in Sweden, is at its best.

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