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By his own admission, Suffolk-born-and-based composer Christopher Wright ‘is not fettered by fashion, style ideology or gimmickry or some insatiable desire to be original’; rather his music is tonal in the tradition of figures such as Mathias, Walton and Williamson. Judging by what is presented on this CD of his sacred choral music, his music has the power to communicate with an immediacy and deserves to be better known. While the Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis (1993) is perhaps rather obvious in its choral and organ swagger, the Three Carols, in particular ‘Qui natus est de virgine’ (1996) and ‘The Eternal Star’ (1998) for choir alone, reveal a more personal voice. Despite what sounds like a clunky edit in the Gloria of the Missa brevis (2009), this CD has been well produced, the recorded sound offering a well-balanced sound image. Mark Forkgen and his versatile chamber choir Canticum are obviously fully committed to Wright’s music and have done him proud. A shout out also to the organist Julian Thomas, whose playing is full of flair.

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