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Edward Naylor was part of that generation of English composers which seemed to die out in a single year: 1934 also saw the passing of Delius, Elgar and Holst. Naylor isn’t quite of that company, in stature or style. He became a Cambridge man and is reclaimed here by his own college’s choir, who are making many of these pieces available for the first time. Only the anthem Vox dicentis: Clama is at all well known. Naylor placed great emphasis on authenticity in performance and was a published expert on Shakespeare and music, so there’s a fitting precision and clear-spoken immediacy to these church themes. If his aim was communication above all, the Emmanuel Choir gets the music across with timeless accuracy. I will cause the shower to come down is English setting at its lucid best.

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