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Apart from Rodion Schedrin, not many of the composers represented here will be much known in the west, making this a valuable calling card rather than an intrinsically enjoyable set. The choir shows a little strain in its genre-hopping, but individually the performances are difficult to fault and since they follow the practice of recording all performances, the workshop impression is confirmed, by no means as a drawback. This is a choir to watch in concert. They exude youthful confidence and thoroughly enjoy themselves in Alexander Tchaikovsky’s Can’t Get Drunk With Unpleasant People (it calls on the singers to strike poses and gesture) and Alexander Klevitsky’s comic Tu-cha, in which a classical choir makes like a rock band on tour. Great fun, but a DVD or bonus track of images would have been even better.

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