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This is one of Sir Stephen Cleobury’s final recordings with the choir to which he has given such distinguished service. It features repertoire such as Fauré’s ‘Pie Jesu’ from the Requiem (soloist Joseph Hall), Mozart’s Ave verum and Franck’s Panis angelicus in a chronological selection ranging from Monteverdi and Palestrina to psalm chants by Goss and Walford Davies, Lennox Berkeley’s lovely setting of Psalm 23, arrangements of Shenandoah by James Erb, and a Chinese Jasmine Flower Song by Cleobury himself. The discipline and characteristic bright tone of the early tracks are warmed in more emotional interpretations of Morton Lauridsen’s O magnum mysterium and The Road Home by Stephen Paulus, which for me are the highlights of the disc.

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