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Gods, Ghosts and Monsters (Divine Art)

If you are going to rejig these songs, it needs to be for some purpose [JW]

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Peace I leave with you – Music for the Evening Hour (Coro Magdalen)

A discerningly chosen programme given accomplished performances [JQ]

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Vaughan Williams – A Birthday Garland (SOMM Recordings)

A fine representative collection; no more rustic accents, please [JW]

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La Belle Dame (EM Records)

Largely early and apprentice works from British composers; sift with care [JW]

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Vaughan Williams: A Birthday Garland (SOMM Recordings)

Lovers of English song should not hesitate: acquire this disc and gatecrash Uncle Ralph’s musical party [JQ]

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Parallels (Divine Art)

This impressive recital ‘parallels’ old and new favourites [JF]

Advent Carols from St. John’s (Nimbus)

(Déjà Review) Evocative and beautifully sung [CT]

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Parry: Ode on the Nativity (Lyrita)

(Déjà Review) The reappearance on CD of these performances is a cause for great celebration [JQ]

Sir Adrian Boult (conductor) (ICA Classics)

A previously unissued live Sinfonia antartica heads this 40th anniversary Boult release [JW]

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Holst: The Planets (RCA)

A typically virtuosic recording from a great American partnership [RMo]

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Holst: The Planets (BR Klassik)

Harding’s relaxed run around Holst’s solar system [LD]

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Holst: Choral Works (SOMM Recordings)

A mixed bag, but indispensable to the Holst completist [SB]

Holst: The Planets (BR Klassik)

A solid, “safe” account, hobbled by a dull, listless opening movement [RMo]

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Holst: Choral Works (SOMM Recordings)

An excellent and very welcome disc of Holst’s choral music [JQ]

British Choral Anthems (Naxos)

This recording of the Five Mystical Songs is touched by greatness [JQ]

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Holst: Choral Works (Somm)

A significant release of Holst’s sacred choral music [JF]