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This disc is a fitting tribute to Philip Cannon, who died last year. Cannon, who spent 35 years as a much-loved and occasionally eccentric composition teacher at the Royal College of Music, emerged in the 1950s as a writer of distinctive music in all genres. Lord of Light (1980) is a major work, the result of a commission from the Three Choirs Festival; this recording is the BBC’s broadcast of the premiere. Lasting for almost 40 minutes, it is an impressive achievement involving three soloists, boys’ choir, mixed chorus and large orchestra. The BBC tape has worn well, given the passage of time. The three soloists are all excellent and fearless

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