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Bälinge church in Uppsala is known as the ‘country cathedral’, an imposing church of mixed antiquity that combines grandeur with intimacy. The same could be said of this recording. The programme’s provenance is startlingly wide, with Grieg, Sandström, Söderman, Cyrillus Kreek and Arvo Pärt alongside works by Milhaud, Langlais, Rossini and Bob Chilcott. Only surround sound would do full justice to these voices. As she showed on the earlier Curse Upon Iron, Cecilia Rydinger Alin rarely uses the choir at full throttle, but keeps the sound textured and individual- ised, not just in the divisi but also in full chorus. A faultless and uplifting performance.

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