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Most of the works on this disc are by French composer and choral director Jean Sourisse. His music doesn’t break any new ground, and he has many influences, but it is tuneful, pleasant, refreshing and aligned to the liturgy. His 12-minute Mass in G minor is appealing and could also be performed as a recital piece. Sourisse also sets three Marian texts and there are contrasting versions of Veni Sancte Spiritus, one adhering to the chant and the other harmonised. Of interest is Puer natus for female voices, which would make a welcome addition to any carol programme. The chamber choir blend well together and perform with a cool, clear sound. The composer’s harmonised setting of the Our Father is a contrast to Kedroff’s chant for the Russian Orthodox Church. Pieces by Desenclos and Kodály complete a likable programme.

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