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Byrd receives sinuously sumptuous treatment in The Path to Paradise as the 32-strong Trinity Choir from Canada spread their considerable wingspan in romantic readings of works by Tallis, Shepherd, Gombert, Lassus, Allegri (yes, that Psalm), and Arvo Pärt. Broad vistas of eternity open in Daniel Taylor’s stately interpretations, majestically sustained, with strength and delicacy in balance, taking deliciously mournful effect. Speaking of sumptuous sound, this might be a good moment to mention Tallis: The Votive Antiphons, a compilation of seven sung by The Cardinall’s Music, recorded between 2005 and 2016, reissued in a new programme: a winner due to the stature of the original recordings, reviews of which grace the back of the jewel-case, with brilliance guaranteed.

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