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Peter Warlock is a miniaturist and belongs to a school of writing that is closely associated with the English countryside. This overview of his sacred and secular repertoire for choirs also uses some arrangements of his solo songs. The young Carice Singers, under director George Parris, are totally at one with this repertoire, their expressive voices complementing the compos- er’s intentions with captivating interpretations. Warlock has a deep feeling for text and his writing caresses the words; it’s very soothing – even his dissonances do not disturb the equilibrium. Music like the haunting Bethlehem Down show the composer at the height of his powers. But composers cannot achieve the same level consistently: there are places where his inspiration takes a decided dip and, although 72 minutes is very good value, a little judicious pruning of the output would have been advisable.

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