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This is a gorgeous CD, lovingly sung and beautifully captured by Hyperion. Under Layton’s scrupulous direction, the mixed-voiced Choir of Trinity College Cambridge exceeds even its own high standards in what proves to be a richly satisfying programme devoted, with one exception, to a single composer – Gerald Finzi. The exception is David Bednall, whose 2016 Nunc dimittis was written to allow Finzi’s Magnificat to be included in the Anglican service of Evensong, Finzi having written his Magnificat for Christmas Vespers at a college in Massachusetts. It’s a pleasure to have the Bednall here, sensibly separated from Finzi’s Magnificat by several tracks. Layton has chosen to juxtapose familiar and unfamiliar Finzi; for this reviewer, the revelation was Seven poems of Robert Bridges, a work Finzi himself was dissatisfied with; but it’s hard not to thrill again to the invention of Lo, the full, final sacrifice, one of Finzi’s undoubted masterpieces.

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