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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

Recordings
'Canticles from St Paul's' (CDA68058)
Canticles from St Paul's
Buy by post £10.50 CDA68058  August 2014 Release   Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
'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

Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in F 'Collegium Regale'
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

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