|'Richard Hickox conducts a robust and moving performance of this English choral masterpiece. This performance, recorded after a Barbican concert last summer, is notable above all for Gerald Finley’s inspired singing. He is especially fine in the ‘Explorers’ finale where he achieves transcendence in the visionary central section. His soprano partner is Susan Gritton, in radiant voice and sounding like the nearest successor to Isobel Baillie in this work. The LOS Chorus is thrilling in climaxes and gives a virtuoso account of the scherzo, ‘The Waves’, in which the soloists are silent. A must for lovers of the work and its composer.'