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Ludford’s extraordinary polyphony unfolds in these super-cool, luminously numinous exaltations of the Blessed Virgin Mary, in performances of refinement and convincing other-worldliness: gloriously long, sustained legato lines and perfectly judged intensity, with individuality serving a corporate worshipful intent, and the whole exquisitely balanced, both musically and emotionally. In a recording of exceptional clarity with well-placed voices inside a stony acoustic frame, they open a channel of audible holiness between earth and heaven and, with great surges of sound as in the end of the Gloria, magnificent almost beyond words.

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