Album: Paul Mealora, Tender Light (Decca)

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The Royal Wedding afforded young Welsh composer Paul Mealor the kind of global audience that popstars can only dream about, when his motet "Ubi Caritas" formed part of the service.

This debut includes both the Latin version as sung at the ceremony, here with treble Thomas Fetherstonhaugh joining Nigel Short's peerless chamber choir Tenebrae; and an English-language version based on Tennyson's "Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal", as a component of a rose-themed four-part choral cycle. Elsewhere are Mealor's settings of religious texts, notably a lengthy "Stabat Mater", along with his uplifting take on Byron's "She Walks in Beauty", delivered with Tenebrae's precision and almost luminous grace.

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