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The York legend of a drowned girl revivified by the Virgin Mary, celebrated in a powerful work by Gavin Bryars at the end of this disc, might be a metaphor for the resurrection of fragments of polyphony from the York cycle of Mystery Plays (sung by women) and sections of an anonymous 15th-century Mass, here given its recorded premiere (mixed voices). Although neither singers nor recording do the intriguing structure of the latter full justice, these young voices offer committed performances of fugitive luminosity, capturing an impression of the musical sophistication of pre-Reformation York.

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