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The pure, refined balance of Voces8 is to be heard nowhere on this disc to better effect than the opening number, Bruckner’s Os justi. Recorded in Brinkburn Priory, Northumberland, this mixed bag of a cappella favourites includes Byrd, Monteverdi, Victoria, Palestrina and Gibbons, as well as rarer items by Reger, Brahms and Rheinberger. Tavener’s song of innocence, The Lamb, is the only original contemporary composition. What appears at first as a rather arbitrary sequence, on closer inspection unfolds as a very satisfying programme, albeit one in which the recording is perhaps a little too closely miked.

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