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The Australian composer Paul Stanhope was a student of Peter Sculthorpe. This disc contains his complete works for SATB written between 1999 and 2016. A one-time director of the Sydney Chamber Choir, Stanhope’s understanding of voices results in luminous, atmospheric sacred music that stays in the memory. He has a flair for combining and illustrating texts, which make a cohesive whole. For example, the words of the Agnus Dei are set ingeniously alongside a funereal poem attributed to Mary Elizabeth Frye, Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep; his Lament to Saint Cecilia does not go down the usual channels but is set to Veronica Pamoukaghlian’s startling and descriptive poem St Cecilia’s Burning, which he combines with Sancta Cecilia. The excellent Sydney Chamber Choir gives a shimmering performance of this impressive music. There is much to enjoy here.

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