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Emboldened, no doubt, by the phenomenal success of Disney’s Frozen (which featured Frode Fjellheim’s evocative ‘Vuelie’, a version of which concludes this disc), the composer and all-female choir Cantus reunite for this beguiling conflation of western sacred music and the traditional Sami songs of the Lapps of northern Scandinavia. Taking its title from the Latin for ‘hope’, Mia Makaroff’s Spes is a luminous, deliciously heady concoction, Eva Ugalde’s Miserere hauntingly sublime. There’s something of beauty and profundity to be found throughout, Franz Xaver Biebl’s burnished Ave Maria and Fjellheim’s stately, sonorous Dona nobis pacem particular highlights. Tove Ramlo-Ystad directs with incisive but fingertip sensitivity. A bonus Blu-ray disc shows off 2L’s flawless recording in illuminating high-resolution sound. More, please!

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