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The title work was commissioned to celebrate the 140th anniversary of the Belfast Philharmonic Choir, and traces the life and thinking of Belfast-born C.S. Lewis using the imagery of the medieval planets; the original orchestral scoring has been reduced to chamber ensemble for this recording by Illinois-based professional chamber choir Cor Cantiamo. The Seven Heavens is a well-crafted and accessible work with an interesting backstory, and this engaging performance proves that it travels well. The shorter works on the disc include an attractive grace written for college feasts at St Stephen’s House, Oxford; a reworking using an English text from the Requiem Mass of an elegiac orchestral piece written for the funeral of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother; and a set of Evening Canticles that includes characteristically Jewish musical elements in tribute to the shared heritage of Mary and Simeon.

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