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Gabriel Jackson’s signature throughout this disc of sacred music is note embellishment. It’s a distinct collection, most of it written for the finely trained Truro Cathedral Choir who accomplish everything asked of them with consummate ease – and it can be quite an ask at times. The composer uses a saxophone for three of his works, not as an extra contrapuntal voice but as an individual identity and a significant part of the score. Joel Garthwaite plays the soprano, alto and tenor sax with an enviable fluidity and perception. Included in this programme are seven contrasted settings of Antiphons for Advent, the Truro Mag & Nunc whose highly decorated unison lines contrast well with no-nonsense harmony, and there is a spectacular Cantate Domino. One of the most interesting works is a setting of Kipling’s That wind blowing and that tide in commemoration of the Great War: written for the Cathedral’s boys who had a hand in its creation, the reflective music is given a poignant interpretation. Luke Bond’s discerning organ playing adds the final touch to this refreshingly different disc.

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