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This CD is a two-fold celebration: the rich musical legacy of Purcell’s sacred music, which, unlike his theatre music, continued to be performed in our cathedrals and churches in the centuries following his death; and the establishing of the Girls’ Choir at Canterbury Cathedral in 2014. David Newsholme has devised a programme that includes many of Purcell’s most familiar anthems, including those for Queen Mary’s Funeral in 1695, and two Latin motets, Jehova, quam multi sunt hostes mei and Beati omnes qui timent Dominum. Allied with Canterbury’s lay clerks, Newsholme obtains good results from his forces, which are enhanced by judicious organ and theorbo accompaniment. The sound is forward and bright, the diction clear. Unfortunately, the girls are occasionally prone to faulty intonation, which detracts from complete enjoyment. Nevertheless, they give en masse a splendid account of the celebrated Evening Hymn.

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