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As an unguent to tired limbs is this gorgeously dreamy recital to the soul: calorific with comfort, it pleases with delightful contrasts, sensitive, sustained singing and shapely interpretations. There are surprises among the usual suspects in a programme of works by Sheppard, Byrd, Whyte, Gibbons, Tallis (ponderously sung), Bairstow, Balfour Gardiner, Wood, Harris, Radcliffe, Berkeley, Holst, John Tavener, Richard Rodney Bennett (resistibly beguiling), Gabriel Jackson (his scintillating Creator of the Stars of Night), and the touching Evening Prayers by Philip Moore. Indulgence is good, guilty pleasures are not always sinful: go on, you know you want to…

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