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Evening Canticles in D

composer
1927; for the Three Choirs Festival
author of text
Luke

 
Sir (Alfred) Herbert Brewer (1865–1928) composed his Evening Canticles in D for the 1927 Three Choirs Festival, held that year in Hereford Cathedral. A close association with this Festival began in 1896, when Brewer was appointed organist at Gloucester, a Cathedral in which he had served as a chorister. At the turn of the century, Brewer was fortunate enough to have both Howells and Gurney in his choir. As a composer, Brewer explored all musical forms, but he seemed more at home in the concert hall than in the cathedral. Like Stanford’s Service in C, Brewer’s setting is concise; the Nunc dimittis in particular exploits a simple, direct chordal style which aptly reflects the tranquility of the text. The Magnificat is more melodic in conception and is unified by a certain amount of phrase repetition and by a pervasive triplet figure. This Service also exists in a version with orchestral accompaniment.

from notes by Sarah Langdon 1987

Recordings

My soul doth magnify the Lord
CDH55401

Details

Canticle 1: Magnificat  My soul doth magnify the Lord
Track 11 on CDH55401 [4'04]
Canticle 2: Nunc dimittis  Lord, now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace
Track 12 on CDH55401 [3'24]

Track-specific metadata for CDH55401 track 11

Canticle 1: Magnificat
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-87-24911
Duration
4'04
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 11
    Release date: December 1987
    Deletion date: June 2009
    Superseded by CDH55401
  2. My soul doth magnify the Lord (CDH55401)
    Disc 1 Track 11
    Release date: October 2010
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