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Irish composer Patrick Cassidy is well known for his choral and orchestral pieces based on Irish legend, which have achieved widespread popularity in his homeland. He is now resident in Los Angeles, where he is a sought-after composer of film soundtracks. The Mass was written in 2011 under commission. Its musical language is blatantly tonal, surprisingly so. But Cassidy is well-versed enough to know how to press the emotional buttons of his listeners; and while this piece, which is described as ‘contemplative and peaceful’ on the CD liner cover, occasionally sounds like generic film music, it is clearly well written and technically accomplished. The composer and his Mass arewell served by conductor Ben Parry, London Voices and the LSO.

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