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Joni Mitchell had just published her ‘gift’ book of lyrics and drawings when this intriguing set came out, and right at the centre of it are settings of Joni’s ‘River’ and fellow-Canadian singer- songwriter Gordon Lightfoot’s ‘Song for a Winter’s Night’. The main featured composer is Edmonton-born Laura Hawley, but there is also work by 10 other mostly young composers from the country, including the CCC’s composer-in-residence Jeff Enns. The choir shows slight awkwardness in shifting from style to style, but it’s difficult to tell whether this is due to programming or execution. It’s too long a set by some minutes, though it does at least make ‘summer’ seem very extended. A bold bit of curation, but perhaps it has over-reached slightly.

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