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This CD features both the Jesus College Choir (top line women) and the all-male Chapel Choir. The two sounds are well differentiated, the fresh clarity of the boys contrasting with the more mature sounds of the young women. This cleverly devised programme of sacred love songs relies heavily on the Song of Solomon for texts, the music ranging from the 16th century to the present day. Each piece is well-crafted, the most notable being the early, beguiling clarity of Brumel, Clemens non Papa and Martin de Rivafrecha, Casals’s Nigra sum, the simplicity of Duruflé’s Ubi caritas and the stunning individuality of Nico Muhly’s Set me as a seal, with a unique piano accompaniment that complements the vocal lines.

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