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Ego sum homo , from the Tiburtina Ensemble, whose singing, both solo and corporate, inhabits her flowing chant with excellent ensemble, shapely phrasing and exemplary intonation. The singers’ tonal depth and spiritual spine is contrasted with a florid instrumental presence and a clutch of Notre Dame polyphony which narrowly escapes gilding the lily. Extra pieces, medieval and contemporary, also imaginatively adorn the loose liturgical reconstruction of an intriguing realisation of Ludford’s Missa Dominica with fascinating and often very beautiful results. Aiming to shine a light on the training of choristers in Ludford’s day, the ever- impressive Trinity Boys Choir (plus a few men) are joined by organ and, gosh, a choir of handbell-ringers who put an unexpected spin on Ludford’s ‘squares’: does it provoke thought, or just provoke?

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