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The Christ’s choir avoids the occasional soupiness of French Latin, giving clean-limbed and, dare one say it, refreshingly Anglo-Saxon readings of this often overlooked repertoire. The composers represented are Saint-Saëns, Fauré, d’Indy and Déodat de Sévérac, who injects some southern warmth into a programme which reflects new directions of piety in French Catholicism, increasingly centred round the Virgin. There is a Salve Regina by Fauré and one by Sévérac, along with several Ave invocations, reflecting a strong new ‘market’ for up-to-date devotional music. A fascinating period, vividly and individually brought to life.

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