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The soft, melodic contours of Paul Fisher’s musical signature make a welcome debut on disc with this 16-strong collection composed during the former Anglican priest’s retirement over the past 12 years. Choral works predominate, the atmospheric, lullaby-like title track (a setting from King Lear) and excerpts from The Bradford Service and his ‘Requiem for times of war and destruction’, Black Light, revealing a vivid but subtly employed sense of harmonic colour while also suggesting a firm grasp of structure. The Proteus Ensemble are entirely sympathetic advocates, especially adept at the great blossoms of feeling that regularly break the surface. Richard Cook adeptly underpins the choral works and is no less persuasive in the solo organ pieces, performed in Worcester Cathedral.

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