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The composer has a long association with the Bonifantes Boys Choir and there’s a slightly routine, almost pragmatic air to the music and the singing on this recording. There’s no doubting the sincerity of both and there are moments in the Sanctus of Mondi Paralleli when the singing rises to great heights, but the atmosphere is heuristic rather than transcendent and the overall effect a little earthbound. That said, it’s a lovely recording, made in two of the finest halls in Hradec Králové, one of the most musical locations in all Bohemia, and the attempts in Mondi Paralleli to bring together texts from various world religions is an admirable one.

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