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Anyone turning away from more North Korea and Brexit headlines and looking for solace should be aware that the troubled times in question are the English Civil War and Siege of York, and also that most of the music here is by the peerless William Lawes, who transcends historical time. The Ebor Singers are what one might call the Roundheads of choral music. Under Paul Gameson, they sing plainly, with full respect for the text and no cavalier (or Cavalier) embellishment. Lawes doesn’t have it all to himself. Two other highlights are John Hutchinson’s too little known Behold how good and joyful a thing it is and, for solo organ, Thomas Tomkins’s Sad Pavan: for these distracted times. A beautiful and effective set.

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