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In the words of the jury:
"If it did not have such ominous connotations of something overly slick and tedious, there would be only one word for this edition of Benjamin Britten’s spiritual choral music: flawless. Under its conductor Edward Higginbottom, the Choir of New College Oxford – a boys’ choir of an exceptional standard – sings not only with instinctive beauty, but also with a lyrical impetus which allows the music itself to breathe. Represented are, amongst others, such wonderful a cappella works as the exultant ‘Hymn to St. Cecilia’, the profoundly intoxicating ‘Ceremony of Carols’, the spirited ‘Rejoice in the Lamb’ and the entrancing Missa Brevis in D. Once again, Britten’s talent for composing in a grandiose bel canto style without losing harmonic and contrapuntal charm shines through. For fans of choral music and those in search of religious choral writing, this recording is essential – though for the latter it sets a high bar!" (Für die Jury: Wolfram Goertz) Translation: Sasha Ockenden