Album: A Filetta, Bracana, (DEDA)

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This Corsican male choir sings in the traditional folk manner, with one hand cupped to an ear, and they huddle close together because the subtleties of their counterpoint require extreme sensitivity to the composite sound.

Their liner note (in French and Italian) tells us virtually nothing about their music's background, so all we can do is savour the extraordinary beauty with which they first state their themes bare and unadorned, and then proceed to ornament them.

Pick of the album: 'Alilo', for Georgian music with a Corsican twist

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