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Our Lady with the Infant Jesus riding on a Lamb, with St John by William Blake (1757-1827)
Victoria & Albert Museum, London. Crown Copyright
Track(s) taken from CDH55414
Recording details: July 1990
All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Chris Sayers
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: April 1991
Total duration: 10 minutes 17 seconds

'Compelling' (Classic CD)

'The Lamb alone is worth the price of this disc' (Fanfare, USA)

Magnificat and Nunc dimittis 'Collegium Regale'
composer
1986
author of text
Magnificat: Luke 1: 46-55; Nunc dimittis: Luke 2: 29-32

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Utterly different in one sense are the Magnificat and Nunc dimittis ‘Collegium Regale‘, written in 1986 for King’s College, Cambridge. These are, by contrast, straightforward settings for use in the Anglican liturgy, but they are certainly among the most unusual pieces in that repertoire. They employ, like The Uncreated Eros, a melody with a drone in the Greek style. In addition, the Magnificat retains the troparion to the Mother of God of Orthodox usage, which is inserted after each verse of the text. The melody of the Magnificat is sung with different scorings of increasing richness for each verse, with a jubilant refrain for the troparion. The Nunc dimittis is a simpler, less elaborate piece melodically, but enjoys the same wealth of choral colour.

from notes by Ivan Moody © 1991

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