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The five singers who provide the music in the Grosvenor Chapel on Sundays have characterful voices and balance well in tracks featuring Philips, Blow and Purcell. Up to four further voices add to the ensemble for Handel’s verse anthem treatment of Psalm 42 As pants the hart for cooling streams, which is perfectly poised and interpreted with sensitivity. Not least because of the clean acoustics and small forces, there is a lightness to this vocal ensemble that really suits their repertoire. Only slightly weightier resources still lend levity to Mozart’s Missa brevis in D(K194), along with discreet strings and continuo. Equally polished are 20th-century settings by Francis Jackson and Jonathan Dove. Certainly a must for Grosvenor Chapel devotees – and a refreshing source of inspiration for others.

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