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The Carice Singers and their founder George Parris are to be congratulated on this enterprising programme of unaccompanied part-songs by Delius and Bax, a follow-up to their recent Ireland-Moeran CD, also on Naxos. The best of the Delius items are the wordless unaccompanied part-songs To be sung of a summer night on the water, but Parris and his singers make excellent work of Delius’s settings in English (On Craig Ddu is particularly good), German and Norwegian. It has to be said that in their singing of German and Norwegian texts they sound less fully engaged than when singing in their native tongue, but their bright, youthful sound more than compensates. The Bax settings are more complex musically and the Carice Singers respond accordingly. Parris shapes fine accounts of the Five Greek Folksongs and Mater Ora Filium, the latter’s 13-minutes’ duration only being marred by a moment of less than perfect intonation from the women.

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