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Ludford

Magazine article Gramophone

Ludford

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Ludford

Ludford Missa Dominica interspersed with Anonymous Alma redemptoris mater. Angelus ad virginam. Gaude, gaude, gaude Maria. There is no rose of swych vertu Lack Candlemas Leighton The Lord is my shepherd Trinity Boys Choir; Handbell Choir Gotha / David Swinson with Lewis Brito-Babapulle org

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Ludford's Lady Masses stand apart from his more widely recorded Festal Masses for their alternatim settings and unusual three-part scoring. For this recording, composer and musicologist Graham Lack has realised an organ part through faburden and extempore accompaniment techniques that allows Missa Dominica to be sung by boys and tenors. Alternate verses are sung to Sarum chant.

Trinity Boys Choir have an incredibly warm sound, and one is charmed by the beauty of their collective tone as much as by the individuality of the solo voices, ranging from the older, confident trebles to younger, fragile, naive voices. Listeners who enjoy the English choral tradition will certainly find this disc full of delightful singing. Beauty they have in abundance, but musical thrust and engagement is less evident. This performance tends towards ethereal wafting rather than purposeful phrasing. Ludford, I feel, demands much more of the latter and as such I prefer a brisker performance with more 'bite' to the sound such as can be found from Ensemble Scandicus. This is also the case with the medieval carols, There is no rose of swych vertu being tender but slightly pedestrian. …

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