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What’s in a name? The Thirteen is a young American group with high aspirations, New World confidence and impressive technique. Their death-themed disc, Radiant Dark, sets out a well-stocked stall with massive works by John Sheppard and Robert White plus snippets of Palestrina and Tallis and, oddly, Pearsall’s Lay a Garland. They are on track vocally but need to form some serious scholarly connections to rival the best European groups: watch out as they mature.

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