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Wilhelm Berger wrote a large body of mainly unaccompanied choral music. Born into the romantic period of composition, his music is related to Brahms’s and its slight dissonance to Reger’s, but without their special individuality; nevertheless, it makes for agreeable listening. This young choir from the Thuringian Landesmusikakademie Sondershausen give a very appealing performance of this overview of the composer’s choral works, and cope with the part-writing with ease. The blend of the voices is very good, the young male singers producing a lovely, rich sound, which is stunning. The only criticism is that when the upper voices are performing alone they don’t have the same confidence as the men, and sound a little strained at times.

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