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From hyperion come the Choir of Royal Holloway and the English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble with Cantiones Sacrae Octonis Vocibus (1613) by Peter Phillips. So much polychoral grandeur and opulence might pall en masse if the menu were not so intelligently interleaved with smaller, palate-cleansing scorings. Classy playing from the brass applies patina to these aspiring young singers: their clarity and verve suits the repertoire and some undercooked technique from the men is mostly covered by the expansive acoustics of St Alban’s, Holborn, which, alas, go disconcertingly dead between tracks.

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