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Phaedra’s ‘In Flanders Fields’ sequence now runs to 72 recordings. This one is more eclectic than most, with César Franck and Penderecki rubbing shoulders in the opening sequence, the whole set bookended by Chopin’s teacher Józef Elsner (a lovely Ave Maria) and Henryk Górecki’s Euntes ibant et flebant, which gets a much more sympathetic reading here than on John Nelson’s Chicago recording for Nonesuch. The set is dominated by two large pieces by Vic Nees (after Liliane Wouters) and Jan van der Roost, which sit without anachronism in a boldly mixed programme. Wojciech Kilar’s Agnus Dei is outstandingly well done.

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