Album: Harvey Brough, Requiem in Blue (Smudged Discs)

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Requiem in Blue is an ambitious, multi-disciplinary work in tribute to the composer's late brother, featuring sections of the Latin Mass in alliance with folk and jazz elements: in the opening "Introit & Kyrie", for example, Natacha Atlas's rendition of "Black Is the Colour of My True Love's Hair" presages the Latin text.

Likewise, the blues spiritual "Motherless Child" offers counterpoint to the ensuing "Offertorium", while "Sanctus" features both adult and children's choirs over waltz-time theorbo, rolling Latin-jazz percussion and the flugelhorn of Gerard Presencer. The requiem is accompanied here by Brough's earlier "Valete in Pace", commissioned for the 40th anniversary of D-Day.

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