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This programme of works by four British stand- out composers of the mid-20th century has much to recommend it, not least because it gives a platform to music by the often neglected Kenneth Leighton. Influenced by his study with Goffredo Petrassi, Leighton’s angular chromaticism brings intensity to the text in Crucifixus pro nobis. David Rowland’s choir with young soloist Maisie Hulbert give a riveting performance that stays in the memory. The major works on the disc include Finzi’s introspective Lo, the full, final Sacrifice, Howells’s moving tribute to President Kennedy Take him, earth, for cherishing, and Walton’s Where does the uttered music go? which is dedicated to Sir Henry Wood. Rowland draws from his talented young singers well-controlled, expressive interpretations of a very challenging programme.

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