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Most of the works by three giants of the Anglican tradition on this marvellous disc can be heard frequently in cathedrals and churches around the world, but James O’Donnell and his superb choir treat each one as though it were a rare gem. The unison singing of the trebles in Stanford’s A Song of Wisdom is exquisite, while the full choir relishes both the drama and the wistful beauty of famous anthems such as Bairstow’s Blessed city and Harris’s Bring us, O Lord God. Peter Holder’s eloquent accompaniments provide seamless support and splendidly demonstrate the range and colour of the Abbey organ.

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