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Within the first few chords of the first piece on this recording – Rheinberger’s gorgeous Abendlied – you know you are in safe hands for the rest of the programme. This regional youth choir from Hochtaunus in central Germany, founded as recently as 2011, meets just once a year for a week-long course. From its sonorous basses to its luminous sopranos the ensemble is beautifully balanced, with a warm, flexible sound and clear, expressive diction in several languages. The young singers and their conductor relish every harmonic twist and turn in 18 partsongs by Bruckner, Grieg, Moniuszko, Brahms, Elgar, Saint-Saëns – a lovely Ave verum that I didn’t know – the Australian John Albert Delany, and many more, chosen from the vast Romantik a cappella 2 anthology published by Helbling Verlag in Esslingen.

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