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Had Virginia not long ago claimed her, Thea Musgrave would be our (and that is, Scotland’s) most distinguished living composer. Now 92, she has never lost the pawky, subversive side of her nature; the 1969 Clarinet Concerto had a little whiffof Fluxus about it. Rorate coeli comes from close to that time, a rumbustious unaccompanied SATB setting of words by William Dunbar, the most rugged and most intellectual of the early Scots Makars. But in the more recent Voices Of Our Ancestors and Missa Brevis she works in a more accommodating and capacious vein, telling of creation myths in the former and delivering a notably brisk Mass in the latter. Superb singing by the soloists, punctuated by fine, disciplined brass playing. A wonderful hour of music.

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