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Composed towards the end of Liszt’s life, Via Crucis remained unperformed until the 1920s. It is a deeply personal work, written when the composer was suffering from depression and physical illness, which offers a meditation on the Stations of the Cross. The work’s intense atmosphere is beautifully caught here by pianist-conductor Reinbert de Leeuw and the perfectly balanced vocal forces of Collegium Vocale Gent. With the addition of three Latin motets, this CD is a fine achievement and presents a more unusual kind of Passiontide music to the usual offerings.

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