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A Pembroke Christmas

John Quinn of Music Web International

[...] I also like the two offerings from the Australian-American composer Melissa Dunphy. Halcyon Days is the more straightforward; the melodic line is attractive and the harmonies are warm. The setting of the Advent Great ‘O’ antiphon, O Oriens, is musically more ambitious. Dunphy weaves fragments of the plainchant to which the antiphon was first set into her music in a very effective way. Her choral textures are inventive and the Pembroke singers rise to the challenges of the piece very successfully. [...]

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