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The highlight of this all-Fauré disc for me was the Messe basse, beautifully sung by the trebles of Cardinal Vaughan School’s all-male Schola Cantorum, and equally beautifully accompanied by Iestyn Evans on the Willis organ of St Jude’s, Hampstead. Conductor Scott Price chooses speeds for the Requiem that are too slow for my taste, inhibiting the momentum of the piece, while the choir’s diction is not always clear. However, their blend is excellent and there is a real sense of reverence about their performances. It is remarkable that a state school can field a large team of boys who sing as well as this.

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