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On the very day that this CD arrived in my package from C&O, a conductor friend asked a social media group for recommendations of SATB repertoire to celebrate this year’s 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, on a smaller scale than the Ninth Symphony or Missa solemnis. Here is the answer to his question: a compendium of original compositions, arrangements and transcriptions that offer plenty of variety and interest. Some are a cappella, some with piano accompaniment; they range from just over a minute to just over five minutes in length. Some of the arrangements were made not long after the original pieces were written (including a Kyrie set to the ‘Moonlight’ Sonata by a contemporary of Beethoven); others are very recent. All are beautifully performed by this very mature-sounding youth choir.

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