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A vibrant new version of Stravinsky’s pithy drama benefits from the participation of three of the UK’s most eminent composers: as The Soldier, Birtwistle is characteristically laconic; while Benjamin’s Devil is vigorously projected and rhythmically precise. Knussen’s account of the score, alongside a generous collection of miniatures by Birtwistle, Maxwell Davies and Stravinsky, is crisp and alert, securing excellent playing throughout, and Harriet Walter’s narration is a delight. Excellent sound and presentation.

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