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We are not short of fine recordings of Poulenc’s sacred music, but this well recorded programme features some of the finest in performances that are idiomatic, and technically accomplished. Rarely have the challenges the composer sets his singers been surmounted with such panache, while the painful beauty of his motets has rarely been captured as purely as here (the Quatre motets pour un temps de penitence are especially fine). Notwithstanding a lack of dramatic bite in some of the more intense works (Poulenc the opera composer is never far away here), this is a fine collection.

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