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Through research, Stephen Darlington has produced this modern performing edition of the orchestral Requiem Mass in C minor by 18th-century Italian composer Francesco Durante. It’s an interesting resurrection revealing a tuneful, imaginative work that flows seamlessly from movement to movement. The instrumental writing is descriptive and sensitive to the text, the perceptive playing of Oxford Baroque giving depth to the performance. There is skilled singing throughout: there are some very fine voices among the male students at Christ Church, and the matchless voices of soloists from The Sixteen fit effortlessly with those of the Cathedral Choir’s. Durante’s keyboard Concerto in B flat major is a short work of great charm beautifully performed by Clive Driskill-Smith. It’s just sheer delight.

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