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Another liturgical immersion finds Victoria, along with F. Anerio, Guerrero, Byrd, and Gregorian chant, in Ave Maria – First Vespers of the Solemnity of Our Lady of Buckfast from the Choir of Buckfast Abbey. They may not offer the polished professionalism of our leading concert choirs, but they create a real sense of occasion, liturgical atmosphere and a genuine ‘solemnity’, with big acoustics and appropriate distance mitigating blemishes. Two organs are used for brief improvisations of coruscating brilliance and sensitive accompaniments to the Psalms, bringing this medieval structure into the present as a shining example of how to honour the principles of Sacrosanctum Concilium today.

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