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I was about to describe this as a representative rather than comprehensive selection of choral works from across the centuries, but actually ‘random’ is probably a more accurate description. The discs feature composers ranging from the 15th-century Alexander Agricola to 21st-century Eric Whitacre (shame they don’t go all the way to Zelenka), with a bonus disc of English madrigals and songs. The tracks that I sampled were perfectly competent performances by many different ensembles from around the world; but there’s no Byrd, no Tallis, no Elgar, no Howells … though there is a cantata by Donizetti and a Te Deum by Simon Mayr. No Lauridsen, but a disc devoted to Norwegian Lauridsen- soundalike Kim André Arnesen. However, if you fancy binge- listening to many hours of repertoire with a few surprises along the way, the Naxos Choral Collection will fit the bill.

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