Album: Jocelyn Pook, Untold Things (Real World Gold)

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First released in 2001, when Hildegard of Bingen and sundry monks were riding high in the classical charts, the music of composer Pook (who so entranced Stanley Kubrick he engaged her for Eyes Wide Shut), has weathered well.

Natacha Atlas and the wonderful Melanie Pappenheim embellish strong sacred-meets-profane themes with multicultural flavours. There are two bonus tracks and the sound – mastered by Bob Ludwig – is superb.