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This disc is the latest in a series from Clare College Choir and Graham Ross focusing on particular seasons of the church year. It’s every bit as success- ful as its predecessors, with Ross selecting a wide-ranging programme of material for Epiphany from the 16th to 20th centuries. Though not recorded in the intimate surroundings of Clare’s own chapel, the sound is rich and sonorous, the mixed voice parts perfectly balanced and bright in tone. Personally, I could have done without the three hymn settings, but this is a minor complaint in what is an exceptional CD. Judith Weir’s Illuminare, Jerusalem (written for King’s College, Clare’s Cambridge neighbour) is given a superb rendering, as is Bax’s Mater ora filium. And it’s good to hear Lennox Berkeley’s gentle setting of I sing of a maiden, so different from Britten’s upbeat version in A Ceremony of Carols. An exceptionally satisfying CD.

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