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Long an obsession with Britten, Purcell was both inspiration and template for the younger composer and the current collection celebrates that relationship in realisations from 1939 to as late as 1971. There is no weak link among the singers, although Clayton’s tenor and Rose’s rich bass especially impress. Common to all, of course, is pianist Joseph Middleton, refined and adept, for whom this is clearly a labour of love. Excellent recorded sound.

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