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Michael John Trotta’s choral music is a lineal descendant of Aaron Copland’s, with the great man’s folksiness replaced by a certain cinematic gloss that works song by song, but eventually cloys. Trotta writes elegant, singable music with a strong spiritual heft, but he’s more comfortable when working with strong texts – Donne, Tagore, Coleridge, Rosetti, St Francis – rather than writing his own. Only the excessively cute ‘Hide In Plain Sight’, with words by Rachel Trotta, and the closing (home-made?) remix of ‘Veni, veni, Emmanuel’ are complete miscalls. Lovely singing by the Chorale, with that nice blending of male and female forces only American forces seem to manage with such simplicity.

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