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Imaginative settings of the Requiem (Puccini and Pizzetti), Miserere (Allegri and MacMillan, the latter written in response to the former) and De Profundis (Pizzetti and Malipiero) are beautifully delivered on this CD. Pizzetti (d.1968) has a tonal language evoking Bruckner; Malipiero (d.1973) makes atmospheric use of organ and other instruments and a well-delivered baritone solo. The Allegri achieves a balance of warmth and space, and the necessary light touch. MacMillan’s powerful a cappella setting brings a new perspective to the text, the agile singing being a credit to the singers and to Backhouse’s lucid direction. Puccini’s accompanied five-minute setting of the Requiem is captivating.

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