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Blow’s ceremonial anthems are of a length rarely found in the liturgy today, alas, and their invention and variety may surprise. Here are six, with three recorded for the first time including the elegant When the Son of Man, reconstructed by Quinney, in a recording of compelling honesty. The band blends seamlessly with the spiny, bright tone of the boys and robust, ebullient singing of soloists and choir in pleasingly edgy acoustics. Thorough, impressive research and high-quality performance evoke the majesty of church occasions in the later Stuart era.

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