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In the LP era, this would have clocked in at around 40 minutes, tops, unless someone stumped up for a ‘double album’. The only problem with Caritas’s generous offering, as well sung as they ever have, is precisely its generosity. In a trawl of mostly short pieces, from Byrd and Tallis to Peter Warlock and William Lloyd Weber, Bruckner’s Locus iste comes in at a weighty 11 minutes and seems to signal the end of something rather than kicking offthe long tramp of the second half. A record to be sampled in parts, perhaps, rather than entire. Oliver Twist asking for less might sound a bit man-bites-dog, but sometimes less really is more.

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