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Hyperion Records

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Photograph by Malcolm Crowthers.
Track(s) taken from CDH55401
Recording details: March 1987
St Paul's Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: December 1987
Total duration: 7 minutes 53 seconds

'This rich anthology is presented with breathtaking skill and soul-stirring animation by one of the world's greatest choirs' (Gramophone)

'Superlatively beautiful' (The American Organist)

Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in D minor
composer
1855
author of text
Magnificat: Luke 1: 46-55; Nunc dimittis: Luke 2: 29-32

Introduction
Besides Wesley, Thomas Attwood Walmisley (1814–1856) was the composer most instrumental in raising the tradition of English church music out of the mire into which it had sunk earlier in the nineteenth century. Walmisley’s exceptional abilities as choir trainer and organist led him to Cambridge in 1833, where he was appointed joint organist at Trinity and St John’s Colleges. He was elected Professor of Music at Cambridge in 1836. As a composer, Walmisley left to posterity a sizeable and varied corpus of works. However, with the exception of one isolated composition of pure genius, the Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in D minor, his music has fallen into obscurity. Composed in 1855, this late work is the most mature of all Walmisley’s service settings. Though reminiscent of a Tudor faux bourdon setting in its construction, the adventurous harmonic language, expressive yet un-sentimental approach to text-setting, and the brilliance and independence of the organ-writing make it a most original and memorable Service.

from notes by Sarah Langdon 1987

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