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Despite the unfortunate title (which sounds like a short story by Edmund White), this is a programme of sacred music, done with the Taipei choir’s typical blend of precision and relaxed strength. There are moments when the German diction sounds a little off, with stresses falling late or sliding away, but for the most part these remarkable singers bring a strong musicality to their performances, whether it’s the romanticism of Liszt or that of lesser names like Conradin Kreutzer and Dmitrij Bortnjanskij. Not just a ‘pops’ programme, then, but a searching trawl through a fascinating choral literature. Strongly recommended.

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