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This recording is a tribute to the late founder/ director of the Nicolai Chamber Choir, Christian Ljunggren, who died in 2017. Immersed throughout his life in choral music, he was honorary president of Interkultur and the driving force behind the World Choir Peace Prize. These performances, recorded between 1979 and 2016, reflect the conductor’s love of English choral music, and cover a period of choral writing in which composers were greatly influenced by pastoral scenes of the English countryside. The thematic thread running through the programme is Shakespeare, the Tudor period and a sprinkling of Victoriana. All the expected names are represented and of particular interest are six movements from Howells’s Requiem (the precursor of the magnificent Hymnus Paradisi), the forward-looking harmony of Peter Warlock, and ‘O Man remember’ from Percy Fletcher’s The Passion of Christ – an unusual reminder of this composer. This competent choir sing very well in English and are a credit to Ljunggren.

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