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The Swiss Heinz Holliger will be 80 next year, so this CD is timely. Well known as an oboist of extraordinary virtuosity, he is also an equally distinguished composer. This CD brings together five of his choral works, some of which were recorded live over a decade ago; with a single exception – Psalm for 16 solo voices, a key work – they are all premiere recordings. The SWR Vokalensemble under Marcus Creed are more than equal to the challenge of performing this music, which includes the substantial and extremely difficult 25-minute motet after the poetry of Kurt Marti, Hölle Himmel. A fascinating disc of a too-little heard composer outside continental Europe.

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