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When Jordi Savall’s achingly plangent album Armenian Spirit was released in 2012, its lack of vocal component caused me to pass it by. Writing now on the centenary of the Armenian Massacre of 1915, the poignancy of these songs from medieval and traditional sources – recorded on early and folk instruments immediately after the untimely passing of Savall’s artistic partner, soprano Montserrat Figueras – becomes an obvious metaphor: missing voices memorialised in lovely, evocative, profound and fugitive sound.

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