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This debut recording – previewed in last month’s issue of CM – from instrumental ensemble In Echo takes the listener on a voyage across the sprawling territories of the Hanseatic League, the trading federation that at its zenith in the 15th century stretched from London to Russia.

Cornettist Gawain Glenton – by whose admission it was no coincidence that this showcase of international co-operation came hot on the heels of the Brexit referendum – directs a broken consort of strings, winds, brass and keyboards in music by the composers who benefited greatly from the freedom of movement afforded by the league.

The performances are outstanding. Johann Sommer’s five-part pavan on ‘Susanne un jour’ is particularly exquisite, as is Glenton’s solo turn in Johann Schop’s take on Dowland’s Lachrimæ. Andrew Keeling’s Northern Soul – commissioned for this programme – engagingly employs the myriad textures of the ensemble without straying into pastiche; however, it’s definitely the older repertoire that steals the show on the disc.

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