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Revised to incorporate soprano and baritone soloists, John Rutter’s Psalmfest, a collation of nine psalms first assembled in 1993, makes its belated debut on disc here in fine, liquescently melodic performances with much to recommend them. With evocative contributions from organist Tom Winpenny and Mike Allen’s trumpet, the St Albans choral forces and RPO players respond with lustrous, perfectly apportioned relish to Rutter’s signature lyricism. Three stand-alone psalms – the effusive This is the Day, contemplative Lord, Thou hast been our refuge and rousing Psalm 150 – complete an attractive, beautifully recorded recital that will greatly please fans of Rutter and fine singing.

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