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Hyperion Records

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Illustration by Jennie Cockram.
Track(s) taken from CDH55408
Recording details: January 1997
Romsey Abbey, Hampshire, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Release date: May 1998
Total duration: 7 minutes 4 seconds

'Pärt's music remains an object of unstinting wonder' (BBC Music Magazine)

'A landmark recording. Go and buy it' (Choir & Organ)

'Polyphony's singing is immensely cultivated; bright, clear, immaculately phrased, and gorgeously balanced' (American Record Guide)

'Outstandingly good on each front: clarity, balance, intonation, timbre, dynamic and textural control and, perhaps most important of all, feeling' (Classic CD)

'Committed and definitive performances of this intense music' (Organists' Review)

Magnificat
composer
1989; commissioned by the Deutsche Musikrat and composed for Christian Grube and the Staats- und Domchor of Berlin
author of text
Luke 1: 46-55

Other recordings available for download
Holst Singers, Stephen Layton (conductor)
Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The Magnificat was commissioned by the Deutscher Musikrat, and composed in 1989 for Christian Grube and the Staats- und Domchor of Berlin. As one of Pärt’s most widely performed choral works, it derives its effect from a gentle eloquence—without actually ‘setting’ the text in a descriptive way—and from the contrast of verse- and tutti-like sections.

from notes by Meurig Bowen © 1998


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