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Founded by Knut Nystedt at the University of Oslo, this youthful chamber choir flourishes, benefiting from association with the Norwegian Academy of Music. Their creamy tone, mellifluous line, discipline and blend characterise an engaging Marian programme, featuring usual suspects Bruckner, Britten and Poulenc, alongside contemporary material. Komm, Martin Ødegaard’s imaginative meditation on J.S. Bach’s motet, and two thoughtful motets by Andrew Smith stand out. A smoothly sequenced menu, although whipped-cream confections by Whitacre and Lauridsen would digest more easily with a tart flavour in between. SACD and Blu-ray discs are both included.

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