I tend to live with things for some time before I commit to a written opinion. So I've had this disc for more than 6 months and I can honestly say I continue to be moved by this collection of RRBs choral work. Truth is my knowledge of RRB is limited to memories - of pieces I played many years ago, and TV music vaguely recalled (although I had forgotten he wrote the score for the TV adaptation of Gormenghast).
As a surround SACD this recording fully utilises all speakers to immerse the listener within the voices - and beautiful voices they are. The works themselves range from the overtly avant-garde to the seemingly traditional, although it is tradition with a twist. The performance is very dynamic - a good thing - there is no sense of compression, the voices sound natural, free of digital processing.
The secular carols in particular are worthy of attention. Here RRB reminds us he really is an old master - the genuine thing. I tend to think he has been rather overshadowed by the promotion of a couple of big name British composers, and that somehow he quietly takes a back seat or, because I haven't paid much attention to his career, is not particularly productive.
This disc clearly proves that's not the case.