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This CD draws together anthems that have a connection with Oxford, and some specifically to Magdalen itself. Twentieth- century pieces include Lennox Berkeley’s O that I once past changing were, Walton’s A Litany and W.H. Harris’s glorious setting of Donne’s Bring us, O Lord God, as well as anthems by Rubbra, Leighton and Bernard Rose. As with the Tudors and Victorian/Edwardian contributions, the standard is generally high and all is recorded with great clarity. While I concede that some will find the approach personal and engaging, this reviewer’s ears were disappointed by the choir’s occasionally faltering intonation and a tone from the trebles which, despite their exemplary diction, bordered on being uncomfortably forced.

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