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This beautifully performed and recorded CD celebrates British composers’ responses to the part-song genre, with celebrated examples from Elgar, Bridge, Stanford (The Blue Bird)and Vaughan Williams (Three Shakespeare Songs), as well as less well-known examples from Jonathan Harvey, Judith Bingham and Bob Chilcott. Shakespeare is also a theme, and two of the most intriguing rarities are settings of ‘Come away, Death’ and ‘O Mistress mine’ by Herbert Murrill (1909–52). A largely forgotten figure from the middle years of the last century, Murrill composed a great deal of theatre incidental music and some film scores in the 1930s, when he served as head of music at the BBC. Tenebrae’s youthful sound is not only irresistibly appealing but also extremely well suited to this very enjoyable programme. A fine achievement.

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