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Established as one of the leading maîtrises in France, these young singers have earned themselves an international reputation over the last 10 years. This cleverly devised programme for full choir and upper voice choir focuses on sacred and secular music from eastern Europe, sung in Latin, Church Slavonic, Hungarian and Russian. These young voices bring a delightful freshness to this demanding repertoire. With its lean harmony, Stravinsky’s Mass for double choir and wind quintet is performed authentically as the composer indicated. Penderecki’s highly complex and demanding Song of the Cherubim produces a memorable performance. There is much to savour here with delightful folksong arrangements, the first recording of Lukaszewski’s Ubi caritas, and Kodály’s monumental final work Laudes Organi in praise of the organ. The long organ introduction leads into gripping choruses punctuated by contrasting organ intervals, and ending with a climactic chorus complete with a top C from the sopranos. The notable organ playing of Jeremiah Stephenson makes this a fitting finish to a fine recording.

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