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This release marks 30 years of the Cambridge Singers and Collegium Records, and also Rutter’s forthcoming 70th. And if one were minded to, one might add that it is 35 years – half a biblical lifespan – since he stood down as director of music at Clare College to concentrate on composition. And what a body of work, sacred and secular, has ensued. Even a generously packed double CD does scant justice to the sheer range both of composer and his favourite vehicle of expression. These recordings were made in a wide range of locations and acoustics between 1983 and 2009, and with an evolving personnel, so there is a variation (rather than inconsistency) in their sound; but the voices shine through at every stage. Invidious to pick any single performance, but if a seasonal sample were needed, why not Rutter’s glorious setting of John Audelay’s 15th-century There is a flower. English music at its most transcendently simple.

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