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This is an exceptionally well-performed, attractively programmed disc of American choral music, which, as Jeffrey Hunt explains in his liner notes, offers reflections on four themes: water, love, oppression and hope. Starting with James Erb’s arrangement of that classic Shenandoah, we are led through Argento’s Walden Pond, Whitacre’s Water Night, to Lauridsen’s Dirait-on and so on. With a well-balanced and beautifully blended choral sound, the St Charles Singers are totally committed to what they perform. Of particular interest is Argento’s Walden Pond, a major piece of American choral music and here receiving an authoritative reading from Jeffreys – shame the accompanying three cellists and harpist remain anonymous.

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