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The award-winning chamber choir Sansara slips easily into the elite ranks of exceptional perform- ers. Formed in 2013, its strength lies in its breathtaking interpretations of the music and the quality of the singers’ voices. Sansara’s debut disc, Cloths of Heaven, presents an imaginatively designed programme themed as darkness to light that moves across the centuries, starting with the Introitus from Manuel Cardosa’s Requiem Mass and ending with MacMillan’s radiant Lux Aeterna. This journey features the glorious polyphony of Byrd and Gombert, passing on to Bach, Rheinberger and Rudolf Mauersberger, whose heart-rending setting of Wie liegt die Stadt so wüst is given an outstanding interpretation. Nor are the younger generation of composers forgotten: Cheryl Frances-Hoad, and Sansara’s two associate composers, Marco Galvani and Oliver Tarney, sit comfortably alongside the masters of the past with their creative invention.

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