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This agreeable programme contains a few predictable choices – Stanford’s For lo, I raise up and Messiaen’s O sacrum convivium – but there is also the uniquely explorative Charles Ives setting of Psalm 135, written around 1900. The Bachchor Salzburg express the text well with attention to detail, and their performance of Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb produces some of the best articulated singing I’ve heard. Arvo Pärt’s Beatus vir is not so successful: in order to produce a long crescendo the pianissimo singing practically disappears into nothing (maybe a recording problem), and the basses could be more resonant. Nevertheless it is an interesting anthology.

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