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This disc concludes Graham Ross and the Choir of Clare College’s musical survey of the church’s liturgical year, which began in 2013 with the Advent season. The focus here is Trinity, and Ross has compiled a typically eclectic selection of music ranging from Sheppard’s Libera nos, salva nos I & II to contemporary pieces by MacMillan and Jackson. It’s good to hear Britten’s 1944 Festival Te Deum for once, rather than his earlier 1934 C major setting. And there are two world premiere recordings: Ross’s Duo Seraphim (2017) with its antiphonal exchanges, and Tres sunt by Joshua Pacey, a former composition student of Ross. Clare College’s mixed voiced choir sounds completely at home in this programme, whether in English church music by Stanford and Stainer or some resonant pieces from the Russian Orthodox tradition – I particularly enjoyed Grechaninov’s Cherubic Hymn. The CD offers warm-toned, nicely blended, attractive choral singing throughout. Anyone who is familiar with Ross and his work at Clare College will need this gorgeous CD for their collection.

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