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Under composer-conductor James Weeks, the vocal ensemble Exaudi has forged a formidable and fearless reputation in contemporary music. On this CD they are joined by the excellent instrumentalists of the Netherlands-based Hortus Ensemble for Weeks’s own seductive Mala punica (pomegranate), a set of eight canonic pieces based on the Song of Songs, and Walled Garden, three pieces for strings and flute trios that Weeks argues is a ‘kind of musical “bed” for the “aural garden” of the vocal pieces to take root in.’ The result is a refined, lush sequence which, in this authoritative reading, is marvellously hypnotic in effect.

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