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There are times when I wish Bob Chilcott would develop a more cutting edge to his music – and then he writes a tune of such beauty, one is totally beguiled. This disc of premiere recordings reveals the many sides of the composer. His skill, sincerity and practicality shine through. The Requiem, set for soprano and tenor soloist, choir, organ, three woodwind instruments, horn and timpani, provides an inventive combination that subtly enhances the text without overwhelming it. The Requiem comes out of the same genre as Fauré and Duruflé. The Salisbury Motets from his large-scale Salisbury Vespers, a setting of Marian texts, reveals the strengths of this exceptional Wells Cathedral Choir. Matthew Owens coaxes scintillating performances from his choristers – it is a choir one would never tire of listening to. The final three contrasting carol settings are a real find. Here is much to enjoy.

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