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College, Cambridge, under their director Silas Wollston, have followed their previous themed CD with a second, which is centred on the idea of music of ‘supplication and hope’. This does, inevitably, offer a wide range of music from which to choose, but Wollston has assembled a richly satisfying programme of music ranging from the Elizabethans and Purcell, through Mendelssohn (including the well-known Hear my prayer) and S.S. Wesley, to Langlais, Lennox Berkeley and Wollston himself (Hide not thy face) – this last specially written for the recording and intended as a companion piece to Purcell’s Hear my prayer. Choir and director acquit themselves admirably throughout, though the recorded sound is a tad recessed. The inclusion at the head of the CD of Queens’ alumnus Stanford’s For lo, I raise up, composed at the outbreak of the first world war, is especially poignant and receives an impassioned account.

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