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Jonathan Santore and conductor Dan Perkins are both faculty members at Plymouth State University. The New Hampshire Master Chorale are very good performers, but unfortunately the music is predictable and the homophonic writing not very interesting. Santore’s strength lies in his instrumental writing: when the choral music is accompanied by either solo cello or soprano saxophone, or a trio of violin, viola and cello, the instruments act as an independent commentary and enhance the vocal lines. By far the most interesting piece on the disc is Requiem: Learning to Fall,set to a poem by Peggy Johnson and performed by the excellent Manchester Choral Society and Orchestra. The secular text awakens in the composer an interesting response.

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