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On the strength of this CD, Hungarian contemporary church music is in good shape. The two composers featured – Zsolt Serei and Péter Zombola – have both produced fascinating new collections of Vespers, which reach back to, and incorporate, the ancient tradition of plainsong. And both composers undoubtedly have that individual quality which draws you in to their soundworld. Zombola’s Vesperae per annum enjoys the added colours of organ and tuned percussion. The members of the Schola Cantorum Budapestiensis are well-drilled in this repertoire, which was written for them about ten years ago, and it shows in these idiomatic performances.

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