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The opportunity to hear a new recording of Pärt’s The Beatitudes, Berliner Messe and Cantate Domino alongside his five works for solo organ is of interest. Leeds Cathedral Choir has separate line-ups of girls and boys for its treble line, though it is guesswork to suppose that both lines are singing here as the sleeve notes are not specific. The choir’s sound is freshly expressive, the organ pieces well played. However, though new, this recording doesn’t possess the energy and uncompromising precision, the ascetic, keenly-voiced lines and modern north-European organ tone we associate with Pärt’s music from the trail-blazing discs of the Hilliard Ensemble a quarter-century ago.

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