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Music that leaves singers exposed at every turn because of the clarity of the lines and harmony makes great technical demands on its performers, not least with the depth of the interpretation required to make the music sound interesting and easy to perform. In this engaging programme of introspective works where the interpretation of the text is vital, Brian Schmidt’s South Dakota Chorale emerge triumphant from whatever is asked of them. From wide-ranging tessitura to formidable breath control, the singers are able to get to the heart of the music. Of particular note is Antognini’s I am the rose of Sharon and Ešenvalds’s beautiful O salu- taris hostia, where an ethereal duet of two sopranos floats above the voices underneath. If you are seeking a peaceful escape, this is it.

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