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BBC Music Magazine
David Nice

(Excerpts - full review to follow shortly)
"Schnittke's Choir Concerto is one of the most elaborate works with a tonal basis a choir is ever going to face; and Stephen Layton's Holst Singers face it boldly, with scrupulous concern for the words."
"Especially impressive is the proselytising zeal of the second-movement prayer against its unfolding background of 'Alliluyias'. After so many emotional turning-points, majestically gauged, the fourth-movement epilogue comes as a decisive benediction."
"This, like so much else on the disc, the Holst Singers tackle with an almost supernatural accuracy."
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the choir conducted by Stephen Layton  

Registered Charity no. 278024 Director: Stephen Layton President: James Bowman