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A Swedish programme that includes Scottish composers James MacMillan and (Scottish-based) Kenneth Leighton, alongside Sven-David Sandström, Sofia Gubaidulina and Toshi Ichiyanagi, the first husband of Yoko Ono, might seem to be straining for eclecticism and originality. Ichiyanagi is present to showcase the astonishing 21st-century Organ Acusticum at Studio Acusticum, Piteå, which is a kind of theme park for adult music-lovers. The rest of the programme makes entire sense, making full use of both organ and resonant acoustics. The Leighton Crucifixus pro nobis will be new to many, and is one of an underrated composer’s most powerful works. Sadly, the whole experience feels somewhat belittled as a conventional recording, however good and faithful, and even the remarkable Westberg ensemble a little dwarfed by it all.

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