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It’s irksome to examine a CD only to find no documentation, merely a direction to read it online; that’s fine for a digital release, but not a physical one. That’s my only gripe with this excellent recording, which, in its exploration of music about angels, devils, and other spirits, is a great showcase for its four multi-talented performers (17 instruments in total). It’s clear that Clare Salaman (who arranged all but one of the tracks), Clara Sanabras (who composed the remaining track), Joy Smith, and Peter McCarthy share the same enthusiasm for taking the familiar and making it fresh. Take Corelli’s La Folia, performed here on nyckelharpa and clarsach: I don’t know how they came up with that, but it works, and very well indeed.

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