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Seven works of uneven quality inspire an intimate relationship between the very old and very new, each featuring one or more ancient instrument (all played brilliantly), as colours conspiring with the most venerable instrument of all: the voice. The performers throw themselves into everything with attention-grabbing fervour. Singing that impresses with great intensity, accuracy and often quite terrific power (theatrical opportunities are gleefully exploited) does full justice to all, including outstanding works by James MacMillan and Stuart MacRae. The rest ranges entertainingly from mood-music to horror-movie sound-track via some welcome soothing sweetness and plangency.

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