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Collegium Regale 'King's College Cambridge Service'
composer
1944/5
author of text
Book of Common Prayer

Recordings
'Howells: Choral Music' (CDH55456)
Howells: Choral Music
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'Howells: St Paul's Service & other works' (CDA66260)
Howells: St Paul's Service & other works
Details
Evening Canticle 1: Magnificat  My soul doth magnify the Lord
Evening Canticle 2: Nunc dimittis  Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace
Morning Canticle 1: Te Deum
Morning Canticle 2: Jubilate

Collegium Regale 'King's College Cambridge Service'
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Howells’s unique contribution to the music of the Anglican Church began in earnest in 1944 when he won a bet (one guinea!) from the Dean of King’s College, Cambridge, which provided the College choir with a new setting of the Te Deum. This laid down a template in sound which was to see cathedral organists queuing up to secure their own piece of Howells. The Collegium Regale Magnificat and Nunc dimittis have rightly become the most celebrated settings of the twentieth century. They follow Howells’s stated feelings to the letter: ‘… if I made a setting of the Magnificat, the mighty should be put down from their seat without a brute force which would deny this canticle’s feminine association. Equally, that in the Nunc dimittis, the tenor’s domination should characterize the gentle Simeon. Only the Gloria should raise its voice.’ The Magnificat opens with upper voices (suitably representing Mary) singing in an almost recitative-like way. The altos are scored to enrich the texture at ‘For behold, from henceforth’, and the tenors and basses only join at ‘He hath shewn strength with his arm’. The ‘Gloria’, surely amongst the most ecstatic utterances we possess, does indeed raise its voice in the manner of a true doxology.

from notes by Paul Spicer © 2005

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Details for CDH55456 track 13
Evening Canticle 1: Magnificat
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-05-49413
Duration
5'15
Recording date
24 June 2004
Recording venue
Wells Cathedral, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Howells: Choral Music (CDA67494)
    Disc 1 Track 13
    Release date: June 2005
    Deletion date: April 2011
    Superseded by CDH55456
  2. Howells: Choral Music (CDH55456)
    Disc 1 Track 13
    Release date: February 2014
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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