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Over the centuries, texts taken from the Lamentations of Jeremiah have inspired many composers, and this is no exception. Whether the lament is for Jerusalem or Dresden (post-second world war), whether it is displayed by a rich harmonic texture, an intricate polyphony, the lean sparseness of Britten and Cecilia McDowall or the mysticism of Vaughan Williams, each setting is unique. The intensity and beauty never falter when interpreted by this exceptional group of singers under Christopher Watson and the two outstanding soloists. Making up the programme are settings by Casals, Phinot, Ortiz, Mundy, Mauersberger and John Duggan, who adds a remembrance-like trumpet to his settings, giving added nuance to the text. Lamentations is a memorable recording.

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