Hyperion Records

Evening Canticles in E major
composer
1841/4
author of text

Recordings
'My soul doth magnify the Lord' (CDH55401)
My soul doth magnify the Lord
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55401  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
Details
Canticle 1: Magnificat  My soul doth magnify the Lord
Canticle 2: Nunc dimittis  Lord, now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace

Evening Canticles in E major
Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810–1876) has been acknowledged as the foremost church composer of the mid-nineteenth century. A prolific composer and leading organist, he secured a great number of prestigious appointments. The Evening Canticles in E major, composed whilst he was organist at Leeds Parish Church between 1841 and 1844, are a towering monument in the history of English church music. Although its sheer physical size has restricted frequency of performance in a liturgical context, Wesley’s Service became a direct model for church composers later in the century. In his hands, the familiar texts became vehicles for a whole new wealth of expression and imagination. Yet, for all his boldness in the treatment of key relationships and in his rather liberated writing for the organ (which was an innovation of some considerable importance on his part), he never strayed from his impeccable accuracy with regard to word-setting. This Service bears all the hallmarks of his art: sweeping melodies, rich harmonies, grand climaxes and above all, a supreme confidence in the handling of vocal textures.

from notes by Sarah Langdon 1987

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Details for CDA66249 track 6
Nunc dimittis
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-87-24906
Duration
3'52
Recording date
20 March 1987
Recording venue
St Paul's Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. My soul doth magnify the Lord (CDA66249)
    Disc 1 Track 6
    Release date: December 1987
    Deletion date: June 2009
    Superseded by CDH55401
  2. My soul doth magnify the Lord (CDH55401)
    Disc 1 Track 6
    Release date: October 2010
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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