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These (very) mixed programmes are difficult to review. There’s a gently pastoral theme running through the set. It’s not quite clear why we need another version of RVW’s The Lark Ascending, except that it establishes an approximate timeline for the sequence; but it sounds lovely, and there are some other bold pairings, like Judith Bingham’s The Drowned Lovers (with Maria Forsström as soloist) on top of Stanford’s The Blue Bird and – a nice touch – David Wikander’s Kung Liljekonbalje (King Lily of the Valley), which gives the folksy tone some ethnomusicological muscle. Simon Phipps has the choir fine-tuned, and the SACD sound is impossible to fault.

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