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There was a time when the world music lobby set out to find the Celt in all of us. The results were best described as ‘Oirish’, couthy rather than authentic, addicted to minor modes and glum pentatonic scales. There’s if anything a slight bias towards Welsh music in this delightfully balanced set, largely because the climax is a fine performance of four Welsh folk song settings by William Mathias. It starts out predictably enough with Stanford and Parry, Britten, some more Mathias, and material by Philip Stopford, John Rutter and Paul Mealor, but it’s the latter half, which also includes arrangements by Holst and others, that really scores. Cantemus handles it all with easy aplomb and a certain unaffected grace.

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