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It is always fascinating, if a little strange, when a well-loved work emerges in unfamiliar form. Paradoxically, this is the version of Brahms’s Requiem that would have been recognised by 19th-century British audiences, so in a sense the circle has been completed. The Choir of King’s College London sing with such relaxed assuredness that one almost feels they have been reunited with an old friend. The intonation on ‘Behold, all flesh is as the grass’ and the climactic ‘Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord’ is English choral singing at its best, and Joseph Fort keeps the pace steady and neither hurried nor mournfully drawn-out. A model recovery of a much-loved piece in its original costume.

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