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Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in F 'Collegium Regale'

composer
1915, published in 1920; written for, and first performed at, King's College, Cambridge
author of text
Magnificat: Luke 1: 46-55; Nunc dimittis: Luke 2: 29-32

St Paul's Cathedral Choir, John Scott (conductor), Christopher Dearnley (organ), James Edwards (treble), Steven Lowe (treble), Ashley Stafford (countertenor), Peter Hall (tenor), Nigel Beavan (bass)
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: 9 minutes 29 seconds

Cover artwork: Photograph by Malcolm Crowthers.
 
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St Paul's Cathedral Choir, Andrew Carwood (conductor), Simon Johnson (organ)
During his later years, Charles Wood (1866–1926) became increasingly active as a church composer, and indeed most of his church music, including the Evening Canticles in F, was written after the turn of the century. Wood’s vast liturgical ouput, which continues happily in the tradition established by Wesley and continued by Stanford and Parry, includes no fewer than twenty settings of the Evening Canticles and some thirty anthems. The Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in F, written for King’s College, Cambridge, is scored for double choir and was published in 1920. The Magnificat is remarkable not only for its tremendous variety of vocal textures, but also for its richly expressive harmonies, sublimely beautiful verse sections, and imaginative word-painting. The Nunc dimittis is founded upon a melody from the 1549 French Psalter. The Gloria is without doubt the most full-blooded of the doxologies on this recording, and is a fitting climax to this most pictorial of settings.

from notes by Sarah Langdon 1987

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Canticles from St Paul's
Studio Master: CDA68058Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
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