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The excellent Vienna Chamber Choir under their artistic director Michael Grohotolsky offers a beautifully shaped sequence of Lent/Easter motets ranging from Gesualdo to the contemporary, which fully explores the expressive possibilities of this music. Exquisitely balanced, the 28-voiced choir has been recorded in generously resonant acoustics, appropriate enough for much of this music but one that occasionally blurs entries. There are many familiar items here (Lotti’s celebrated Crucifixus or Bruckner’s Christus factus est, for example), but it’s good to be offered unfamiliar repertoire such as Kuhnau’s Tristis est anima mea (later reworked by Bach) or Dubois’s Adoramus te, Christe.

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