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Todd: 'Lux et Veritas: Music for Peace and Reflection' Agnus Dei

Magazine article Gramophone

Todd: 'Lux et Veritas: Music for Peace and Reflection' Agnus Dei

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Todd

'Lux et Veritas: Music for Peace and Reflection' Agnus Dei. A Celtic Blessing. Christus est Stella. Encircled. Exalt Us. For Peace. In this Place. No More Sorrow. 0 Lux Beata. Precious Moment. Remembrance. Softly. Sanctus. Tidings Tenebrae; English Chamber Orchestra / Nigel Short with James Sherlock org/pf Signum [F] SIGCD394 (66' * DDD * T/t)

If Will Todd wants to be 'the new John Rutter', as he has already extensively been touted, then this new disc of choral anthems isn't going to hurt his cause. Barely 30 seconds in and we're already squarely in a world of angels, starlight and soothing musical platitudes. There's no doubting Todd's skill; his recent Alice in Wonderland for Opera Holland Park and his jazz-infused Mass in Blue have proved he can balance popular appeal with substance. But there's a void at the musical core of the works of 'Lux et Veritas'--the composer's second collaboration with Nigel Short and his chamber choir Tenebrae--that is hard to overlook. …

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