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Although the composers were born within a year of each other, these are two very different ap- proaches to the Mass. The Milford lacks the subtlety and innate craftsmanship of the Duruflé, offering nothing new but – apart from a tedious Creed – is quite pleasant. It is certainly more suited to the choir’s forthright approach. The Duruflé is performed with organ and cello accompaniment, the choir failing to capture the ethereal and expressive sections of the music. The voices don’t blend well together, and although I wouldn’t expect young basses to be particularly resonant, they lack power and are frequently drowned out. The unison Gregorian chant sections are well sung and there are some good sopranos carrying the top line. Commended is the sensitive and expressive organ accompaniment of Tristan Mitchard.

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