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Motets by Lambe, Cornysh and Wylkinson are here interleaved with newly commissioned works by Joseph Phibbs (lush, lyrical, tender), Phillip Cooke (luminous, ethereal, yearning), James MacMillan (profound, substantial, noble, ecstatic), Marco Galvani (cool, astringent, mysterious) and Stephen Hough (shape- shifting, mistily impressionistic and brightly terpsichorean by turns), inspired by those earlier masterworks. Some individual singers make outstanding contributions and, although not everything nor everyone is fabulous, here is a very fine, thought-provoking way to celebrate over 500 years of one of the world’s great choral manuscripts.

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