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A flawless recording. Arnesen’s Magnificat takes one of the great spiritual mysteries – the Annunciation – and dedicates it to the world’s poor and overlooked, thereby increasing both its humanity and its spiritual drama. It is simply and clearly sung: the girls’ voices are particularly good and Lise Granden Berg is utterly convincing as a modest woman suddenly presented with the greatest challenge imaginable. Kernis’s Musica celestis comes from his later, clearer, eclectic phase: perfect for these voices. Gjeilo’s two pieces are further evidence of his astonishing gifts as a choral composer. But it’s Arnesen’s moment, and no one would have felt short-changed if the disc had stopped with his soaring ‘Gloria Patri’. Recorded in the Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, and so well I even read the technical spec.

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