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Heard on the anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy, this offered a different perspective on a city’s culture. The Gentlemen of Liverpool Cathedral always strike a clear balance between jubilant, celebratory singing and something more mournful. Tallis’s Lamentations set off the programme on the former note, but there’s energy and freshness in the sound, particularly in Andrew Fletcher’s Hark, what a sound – which marks the mid-point brightly and optimistically – and in the closing rendition of Duruflé’s Messe Cum Jubilo, which is oddly inflected but dramatic and upbeat. The basses are maybe a little light in places, but other- wise David Poulter has achieved a rare evenness of tone and delivery. It does exactly what it says on the tin: male singing of a high order.

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