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A notable feature of this CD is the pairing of older and newer settings of the same material, by William H. Harris and James MacMillan, Herbert Howells and John Tavener, Charles Villiers Stanford and Herbert Howells or Lennox Berkeley respectively. The effect, rather than showing off diversity, is to show how consistent and consistently strong the British choral tradition has been, even when it looks east or south for inspiration. The King’s Consort singers always give an impression of calm control and reined emotion, never more so here than in Kenneth Leighton’s magnificent hymn Drop, drop, slow tears. A magnificent set, intelligently conceived and almost perfectly executed.

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