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Best known for their performances on the operatic stage and in commercial films, Trinity Boys Choir here present a very different programme of contemporary music on the theme of sanctuary, recorded by invitation in the Herz-Jesu- Kirche, Munich, consecrated in 2000 and featuring a versatile and characterful Woehl organ, showcased in much of the repertoire. Short works by Jonathan Dove, John Tavener, Judith Weir, Richard Wilberforce and Tom Harrold are delivered with aplomb; Howard Moody’s Weigh me the fire is particularly impressive. The raison d’être of the recording is Graham Lack’s Refugium, an atmospheric setting of texts by the Croatian poet Petar Hektorović; unusual percussion effects add to the shifting, dissonant soundworld of the choral and organ parts. Accomplished performances of interesting music would have been enhanced by more coherent liner notes, offering a better explanation of the context of Refugium. I wanted to know why this choir was recording this piece in this place!

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