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This set conveniently unites all of Duruflé’s relatively small corpus of works for choir and for organ. Chief among those for choir is the magnificent Requiem, here recorded in the composer’s own 1957 orchestration for trumpet, strings, harp and organ, and given a committed reading by the Leeds Cathedral forces and the Skipton Building Society Camerata (a professional orchestra based in the Dales, where it is, by all accounts, doing admirable work). Leech steers his choir to extract as much as possible from Duruflé’s perfumed harmonic writing, though they are not free of the occasional blemish. The unaccompanied music perhaps reveals the choir’s strengths and weaknesses more obviously –a good overall balance but occasional issues with intonation. The Messe ‘Cum Jubilo’ of 1966, for a choir of unison baritones, is given real commitment and beautiful tone, though the solo voice in the Gloria sounds overstretched. Adriano Falcioni, organist of St Lawrence, Perugia, undertakes the organ works on the recently reconstructed and enlarged organ of Leeds Cathedral. The instrument is ideally suited to this repertoire, as is Falcioni.

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