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It is Suzi Digby’s passionate belief that the first decade or so of the 21st century marks the beginning of a new golden age for sacred music. Perhaps the best way to demonstrate such a strong assertion is to pair new compositions with related work from the past, specifically that of the foundational Thomas Tallis. Ken Burton’s title piece is a beautiful example of how Tallis’s part-singing language can be adapted and modernised without losing its basic structure and harmonic geometry. It’s a wonderful set, sung with relaxed authority throughout, but perhaps a little too long to make its point at maximum effect. The repetition of a past/present comparison and dialectic works best when it isn’t overstated. ‘Volume 1’ promises more to come: a little restraint with the timing, perhaps?

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