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Nipping Parry’s Blest pair of sirens offthe end of this CD and cutting it back to a generous hour would have made a more intriguing set from one of the best college choirs around. As it stands, it’s a bit of a slog and perhaps too self-consciously mixed in approach. John Tavener’s The Lamb doesn’t really sit well alongside Stanford’s Justorum Animae, and the premiere pieces, by Giles Swayne (the lovely, surprising Adam lay ibounden), Christopher Robinson’s Jesu, grant me this, I pray and the very young Alex Woolf’s O vos omnes are a bit lost past the mid-point of the disc. The title piece is Bruckner’s, and it might have gone first. Britten, Poulenc and Rachmaninov are also in there, so no complaints about Nethsingha not putting his singers through their paces.

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