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Concert performer and organist at Eton College, David Goode needs little introduction to C&O readers familiar with his tutorial column. He sets texts by poet and playwright Francis Warner, librettist for Goode’s Blitz Requiem. The romantic, exuberant poetry in celebration of saints’ days is arresting, especially the anthem for the Visitation. Goode’s tonal language echoes Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Tippett and MacMillan, and is energetic; sometimes the quicker word setting sounds muddled, though the declamatory homophony is powerful. The singing is engaging but lacks polish in places. There is skill and originality here, and these pieces deserve more exposure.

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