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We might all expect glorious singing for the fortieth-anniversary celebration of so influential an ensemble and there could hardly be a better choice of work, surely, than Taverner’s masterpiece, set alongside three wonderfully sonorous Magnificats for four, five and six voices. This interpretation of the Mass crackles with festive energy, evoking seraphic praise and eternal mystery as required. All is as accurate as can be but, if I were to nit-pick, I might mention the vowel modification evident in the high treble and also that I occasionally wanted to hear more of the middle texture – for my taste the recording is a little too brightly organised in louder tuttis, although listening with headphones offered a wider perspective. Neverthless, here is a treasury of exquisite craft, especially in quieter passages and whenever the scoring is reduced, with Taverner’s brilliant filigree of invention always sensitively gilded with musical intelligence.

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