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These are big, almost cinematic scores and Thomas Juneau’s dedicated choir gives them heft and complexity. The techniques involved come equally from early church music and from the demanding modernism of Ligeti and Penderecki, notably on the unaccompanied Ave verum corpus, which seems to wind back through music history from the 20th century to the 15th. The other Latin motets are equally powerful, with the magnificent Tenebrae factae sunt a dramatically suspended keystone – so much so, that the album’s constituent works, and particularly the declamatory opening Te Deum, ought to be listened to separately and with breathing spaces. Even at under 50 minutes, a straight run through would be overwhelming.

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