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Taking its name from James MacMillan’s Cantos Sagrados, this accomplished album from the National Youth Choir of Scotland is a joy from start to finish. Not only does it showcase some contemporary choral classics – Tippett’s A Child of Our Time spirituals, Ešenvalds’s Amazing Grace and Whitacre’s When David Heard and Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine – but it also includes Musgrave’s engaging but too-little known On the Underground, Set 2: The Strange and the Exotic. Christopher Bell’s beautifully assembled programme is completed by Biebl’s attractive setting of the Ave Maria. In addition to their impeccable tuning, vocal balance and tone quality, you can hear the enthusiasm the NYCOS have for this music and the sheer pleasure they take in sharing it with us.

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