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This is the first occasion that Polish composer Łukaszewski’s music has come my way. Born in 1968, he writes (on the evidence of this 45-minute work) in an accessible, tonal language, and as such this Mary Magdalene Mass could find many friends among choral societies in the UK and North America. Łukaszewski creates a Mass honouring Mary Magdalene, but also one in which we are invited to contemplate her legacy and spiritual significance. This lovingly prepared recording pays full homage to Łukaszewski’s piece: Borowski and his forces are quite the equal to the work’s demands, the university choristers offering straightforward, well-placed vocal tone that is always acutely balanced. If there is one criticism that can be levelled against them, however, it is their lack of words, or to be more precise, consonants. Worth investigating.

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