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The music of Welsh composer Hilary Tann has a natural lyricism and formal equilibrium that is most attractive, in part derived from her personal identification with the natural world. On this CD, the inclusion of two compositions by Hildegard of Bingen are a good fit for Tann’s own responses to the medieval world in works such as The Moor (a setting of R.S. Thomas) and Contemplations 8, 9 and Contemplations 21, 22. The main work on this most welcome CD is Tann’s Exultet Terra for double chorus and double reed quintet. Biblical verses pave the way for settings of texts by the Welsh metaphysical poet George Herbert. It is an impressive achievement, the more so for the dedication brought by Amelia Leclair and her well-drilled forces, who are evidently right inside Tann’s music.

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