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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

 
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

Recordings

Canticles from St Paul's
Studio Master: CDA68058Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
My soul doth magnify the Lord
CDH55401

Details

Canticle 1: Magnificat  My soul doth magnify the Lord
Track 12 on CDA68058 [4'52]
Track 9 on CDH55401 [5'41]
Canticle 2: Nunc dimittis  Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace
Track 13 on CDA68058 [3'29]
Track 10 on CDH55401 [3'48]

Track-specific metadata for CDH55401 track 9

Canticle 1: Magnificat
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-87-24909
Duration
5'41
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 9
    Release date: December 1987
    Deletion date: June 2009
    Superseded by CDH55401
  2. My soul doth magnify the Lord (CDH55401)
    Disc 1 Track 9
    Release date: October 2010
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