Libby Larsen’s How it thrills us was commissioned by King’s in 1990. Such music of Larsen’s as I have heard (not a lot, I confess) had left me with the impression of a particular sensitivity in the setting of text. That impression is very much confirmed by the chance to rehear this setting of an English version of a sonnet by Rilke (though not identified as such it is ‘Wie ergreift uns der Vogelschrei …’, no. 26 in the second part of Sonnets to Orpheus). Larsen’s setting is a vivacious piece of work, voices interweaving to intriguingly expressive effect and is given an assured and committed performance. Rilke’s unconventional spirituality somehow sits very well in the aesthetic represented by the choir and chapel of King’s.