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Piteå’s food speciality is a potato dumpling stuffed with pork – fine when it’s cold and calories are in demand. The Swedish town’s musical diet was vastly improved after 1993 by the emergence of Erik Westberg’s ambitious 16-voice ensemble, which has consistently tackled new repertoire of the widest range.

The presence on this collection of CDs of two different settings of William Blake’s ‘The Tyger’, by Emil Råberg and Tommy Andersson, perhaps points to the choir’s easy grasp of homespun spirituality, romanticism tinged with craftand practicality. The singing is never vaporously ethereal but seems remarkably rooted in the tough but lovely landscape of the Gulf of Bothnia’s northern littoral.

Generally speaking, the voices sound best without accompaniment but Westberg has made an effort, after the hefty programme on the three-CD debut, to vary the sound on these loosely themed collections. Only Originals tips anywhere close to New Age eclecticism, but even here, and in a programme that ranges from Buxtehude to Ronaldo Miranda (and a very effective setting by Westberg himself) there is much to admire, even if the sequencing of material seems odd-to-perverse.

This is a marvellous choir, charismatically led and flawlessly recorded right across these discs.

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