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The deceptively conventional tonal style of Wolfram Buchenberg (b.1962) springs occasional surprises, like the hocketing effect at the beginning of the joyously singable O Freude über Freude, the earliest of the works here and a typically twisty and unpredictable structure. The more recent choral writing has settled into briskly confident harmonic experimentalism, which is seized on with enthusiasm by Cantabile Regensburg in their familiar setting of Klosterkirche Adlersberg, with bright but not brittle acoustics perfect for this music. Buchenberg’s growing confidence is particularly evident in Splendor paterne glorie, where the dialogue of eight-part choir and solo violin is beautifully managed.

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