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A fresh rendering here with attractive voices from this mixed line-up, with treble-toned sopranos, mixed-voice altos and young, convincing tenors and basses, altogether around 30 singers. Wesley’s expressive writing can easily be overdone in performance, erring on the side of sentimentality; that is never the case here and interpretation has a light touch, as does the organ accompaniment. The one-to-a-part ensemble pieces add refreshing contrasts. Admirably, this period music is always allowed to speak for itself and does so with great effect. There are useful sleeve notes and this release offers opportunity to learn more of Wesley’s consistently rewarding canon.

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