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The Saint Louis Chamber Chorus is extremely adept at singing testing works in foreign languages. The main body of this eclectic programme comes from composers born during the 19th century. The singers give an exhilarating performance of Granville Bantock’s Invocation to Pan and a penetrating interpretation of Kodály’s retelling of Jesus throwing the moneylenders out of the temple, Jezus es a Kufarok. The commissioned piece is by Bob Chilcott, who was asked to intertwine two diverse texts and agreed to marry the text of Gibbons’s Silver Swan with one by the Roman poet Catullus on the death of his brother. Chilcott’s Silver Swan is one of his most poignant pieces, expressively conveyed. There are many goodies to savour here, particularly Schoenberg’s Friede auf Erden, in which Schoenberg takes the first steps towards casting aside his old romanticism in search of a new direction. It’s beautifully performed by the Saint Louis Chamber Chorus.

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