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There is an earthy quality to the sacred love celebrated in these three sequences. It’s signalled in the Orff-like opening to Falik’s A Stranger and in his unexpected Habanera, and it surfaces again in Sviridov’s better-known Winter Morning and About Lost Youth. These are not undemanding pieces. The risk in them lies in asking the singers to be too precise and ‘classical’ and robbing texts and music of some of the physicality that links the programme. The Latvian voices are perfectly attuned to this. Kłava has them tautly together, but still with individuality in the different registers, and across a challenging range of dynamics.

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