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In this generously filled recording, Conspirare and their artistic director Craig Hella Johnson present a fascinating conspectus of Barber’s choral music, most of which remains too little known. One item will be familiar to all: the Agnus Dei, Barber’s 1967 arrangement of the moving Adagio from his string quartet, itself now more familiar in its string orchestra guise. The CD also includes a couple of world premiere recordings: arrangements by Robert Kyr of the Neruda poems The Lovers (1971) and the Easter Chorale. Throughout their programme, the 40-strong professional voices of Conspirare are outstanding in their delivery and commitment to this repertoire. Warmly recommended.

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