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On the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin
composer
1997
author of text
Festival Hymn On the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin, first published in Golden Grove (1655); text as printed in Bishop Heber's edition of Taylor's works, volume 15 (1822)

Recordings
'MacMillan: Seven Last Words from the Cross' (CDA67460)
MacMillan: Seven Last Words from the Cross
'MacMillan: Seven Last Words from the Cross & other choral works' (SACDA67460)
MacMillan: Seven Last Words from the Cross & other choral works
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Details
Track 8 on CDA67460 [6'41]
Track 8 on SACDA67460 [6'41] Super-Audio CD

On the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin
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On the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin was written for the choir of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge in 1997 and sets a beautiful poem by Jeremy Taylor (1613–1667) about transformation – the ‘winged harbinger’ who ‘might shift his clothes, and be / A perfect man, as well as we’. This is perfect territory for MacMillan, whose setting for five-part choir and organ reflects the wings of the harbinger in his decorative progress as well as the divine peace in the slowness of its movements. The long-breathed phrases, the shifting lights of harmony, the warmly undulating murmurs of seeming approbation (echoed by the organ) which accompany ‘How good a God have we …’ lead to the climax of the poem: ‘Let us like ourselves make man, / And not from man the woman take, / But from the woman, man.’ Quiet Allelujahs are joined by a joyfully dancing single organ line which continues long after the voices have ceased – becoming gradually softer as it dances into eternity.

from notes by Paul Spicer © 2005

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Details for CDA67460 track 8
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-05-46008
Duration
6'41
Recording date
30 July 2003
Recording venue
Temple Church, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. MacMillan: Seven Last Words from the Cross (CDA67460)
    Disc 1 Track 8
    Release date: August 2005
  2. MacMillan: Seven Last Words from the Cross & other choral works (SACDA67460)
    Disc 1 Track 8
    Release date: August 2005
    Super-Audio CD
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