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This is not the first time I’ve listened to a CD of Bob Chilcott’s music and found myself torn in different directions. On the one hand you have a master of melody, and on the other a writer of jazz idioms that hark back to the early days of the King’s Singers – it’s like being caught in a time warp. Underpinning this is a formidable choral writer. Chilcott’s music may be popular and audience-friendly, but that in no way diminishes the compositional strength of his unaccompanied works such as Marriage to My Lady Poverty, Thou, my love, art fair, and the humorous Weather Report written for the BBC Singers. The rhythmic Gloria of the Nidaros Jazz Mass made me smile, and the Agnus Dei was touching. Commotio are no strangers to the composer’s music and give very persuasive performances.

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