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This marvellous disc devoted to the works of Bo Hansson not only pays tribute to the Swedish composer’s fresh, melodic choral writing but also to the uniformly excellent vocal ensemble at Royal Holloway under their inspirational director, Rupert Gough. On the basis of this disc, these performers are wholly inside Hansson’s sonic world. Although his early career centred on folk and jazz, Hansson has embraced contemporary choral music, especially for the church, since the mid-1980s. This selection includes no fewer than five world premiere recordings, including the title track, the multi-layered Endless Border (2007), Then I heard the singing (2010), commissioned by Gough and the Royal Holloway Choir, and the Missa brevis (2008) in which William Baldry makes a sensitive contribution at the organ. Highly recommended.

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