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Penelope Thwaites is best known as a concert pianist, but she explains in her liner note that she improvised at the piano as a child, worked with choirs at school and university and has a life-long fascination with the beauty of words that probably comes from being the daughter of a poet. Charming settings of three of her father’s love songs are included in this anthology of sacred and secular pieces, many of which were written for special events such as the weddings of friends. Thwaites’s style is unashamedly conventional (even in the songs inspired by India, Australia and Africa) but sincere and eloquent, and her music is treated seriously by these top-notch performers – the result is extremely attractive.

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