Album: Howard Goodall, Choral Works (UCJ)

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Steeped in the English choral tradition, Howard Goodall revisits the sound world of Stanford and Wesley, while nodding at Stevie Wonder, in a benign setting of the Mass, Missa Aedis Christi and the Marlborough Canticles. Here too is religious music for television and a tribute to Anne Frank. Often lovely, this benign sacred music is warmly sung by the choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, under Stephen Darlington. Organist David Good is joined by a nameless string quintet.

Pick of the Album: 'The Sanctus' from Missa Aedis Christi, inspired by bells