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Warlock is well known as a composer of effective and affecting songs for voice and piano, but he also made significant, albeit small-scale, contributions to the a cappella choral repertoire. Some, such as Corpus Christi or his version of Yarmouth Fair, are familiar; both are included on this CD from Blossom Street under their director Hilary Campbell. But the disc also taps the relatively unexploited seam of less familiar works, many of which, on the evidence of the performances enshrined here, are unjustly neglected. It’s a very enjoyable programme, though at less than an hour one feels a little short-changed. Campbell and her chamber-sized choir Blossom Street give committed readings of this repertoire, which time and again reveals Warlock’s highly attuned sensitivity to text. Occasionally, the voices don’t achieve a perfect blend – this seems more an issue with the men than the women – and it’s a pity the recording fails to capture well the piano in the items in which it is heard. Excellent documentation from Adam Binks.

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