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Relocating to Protestant England finds the Choir of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, clearly relishing the William Croft Burial Service & Anthems. Some beautifully shaped vocal performances impress in spite of a slightly enclosed recording which favours the organ, heard to great effect in four of Croft’s voluntaries. Hear my prayer was clearly influenced by Purcell and the liner note declares that Croft‘flourished in the shadow of Handel’ …
… the depth of whose shadow is demonstrated by a live recording Joshua from Laurence Cummings with the FestspielOrchester Göttingen, playing with exceptional grace and clarity, and the nimble, noble NDR Choir, emoting with fabulous power and dynamic range. The disc has expressively rich and characterful soloists: Kenneth Tarver, superb in the title role, backed up by a gloriously sonorous Tobias Berndt, the lissom loveliness of Anna Dennis, and the full-cream warmth of Renata Pokupić. Some tiredness evident towards the end is entirely forgivable, as the rapturous applause attests.

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