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Chanticleer brings its usual polish, balance and tonal beauty to these intimate sacred songs. The rich harmonies are powerful as the melodic lines crunch against one another. Has anyone ever been better at such writing than Henry Purcell? Whether as solos or as sung by the larger group, Chanticleer’s interpretations do not sound like the current English cathedral style, but natural and graceful; it suits the music well. Skip Sempé’s band Capriccio Stravagante brings additional elegance.


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