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The beginning of Judith Weir’s tenure as Master of the Queen’s Music earlier this year also saw her ongoing relationship with the BBC Singers cemented with the title ‘Associate Composer’. This CD, one of several the ever-reliable BBC Singers have made for Signum in recent years (discs of Gabriel Jackson and Birtwistle immediately spring to mind), is to be welcomed not only for the excellence of the execution of the music but also for the opportunity it affords to sample what is, in effect, a major retrospective of Weir’s choral output from a 25-year period. One of the works on the CD – All the Ends of the Earth (1999), a celebration of Perotin based on his motet Viderent omnes – was written for the BBC Singers. But this ensemble is on top of everything on this splendid disc. In the CD’s title piece, Storm (1997, texts based on The Tempest), they are joined by the no less fine Temple Church choristers and Endymion. David Hill presides over this important release to the manner born. A significant addition to the too-small Weir discography.

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