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This CD shows the emergence of a fresh talent on the choral scene. Freely acknowledging the influence of other composers, Ben Ponniah uses it with great subtlety to complement his individual talent. His lines, flowing lyrically, show his training as a singer. Ponniah’s portraying of a sacred text is heartfelt but never sinks to an over-elaboration. He is fortunate to have the Chapel Choir of Selwyn College, Cambridge, under Sarah MacDonald to interpret his music so sensitively. There are settings of Three Marian texts, Four Lenten Anthems, Four Evening Anthems and a Requiem in Blue. On seeing the last title, this reviewer was inclined to groan, but not a bit, as it is neither trite nor predictable. This is a name to watch. Congratulations to Regent for the continued quality of its recordings.

SHIRLEY RATCLIFFE Read the full review on Agora Classica


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