For all that,though, in the end I can't overcome my aversion to the 'clipped style' of English choral singing. It's just so sexless and crystalline and pure but totally lacking in real feeling. I must say, apart from Purcell and England's 'own' George Friedrich Handel, I really dislike Gardiner's Choral recordings, especially his Bach, Beethoven and Haydn. It's too militaristically controlled and precise and lifeless to me. Give me William Pitt's Choir singing their hearts out in Klemperer's Bach and Beethoven, give me the piercing vulnerability of the Tomanachor, give me joy, pain, and passion.
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