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Track(s) taken from CDA67938

Nunc dimittis tertii toni

author of text
Luke 2: 29-32

Westminster Cathedral Choir, Martin Baker (conductor)
Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
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Recording details: October 2011
Westminster Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Adrian Peacock
Engineered by David Hinitt
Release date: January 2013
Total duration: 1 minutes 38 seconds

Cover artwork: The Annunciation with two saints and four prophets (1333) by Simone Martini (1284-1344)
& Lippo Memmi (fl1317-1347). Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence / Giraudon / Bridgeman Art Library, London


'The choir is on excellent form and the recorded sound seems perfectly to capture a sense of place, of atmosphere' (Gramophone)

'This is an album for those who love the acoustic, the atmosphere and the traditions of the Roman Catholic Cathedral in London … the pacing and cohesion of the Agnus Dei of Paelstrina's Missa Emendemus in Melius is accomplished and moving, and their singing of plainsong with organ second-to-none' (BBC Music Magazine)

'The true musical spirit of the Lenten season … is to be found in the ancient antiphons, psalms and motets which have been part of the liturgical fabric of the season for centuries. This is what we have here, and an intensely beautiful CD it makes too … nobody could remain untouched by the profound beauty and timelessness of this music, and given these unaffected, sensitive and fluent performances from a choir which has been singing Lenten music in a liturgical context for decades, the result is something very special indeed … this is a beautifully devised programme, sung with ineffable perceptiveness by the Westminster choristers and recorded with utterly natural atmosphere by the Hyperion team' (International Record Review)
George Malcolm’s harmonization of the third-tone Nunc dimittis is an object lesson in spiritual minimalism. The unadorned chanting of the lower voices is answered by upper voices in simple three-part homophony, the harmony resolving into a quiet unison as Simeon’s soul slips gently into eternal rest.

from notes by Jeremy Summerly © 2013

L’harmonisation que George Malcolm fit du Nunc dimittis sur le troisième ton est une démonstration de minimalisme spirituel. À la psalmodie dépouillée des voix inférieures répondent les voix supérieures en une simple homophonie à trois parties, l’harmonie se résolvant en un paisible unisson au moment où l’âme de Siméon glisse doucement dans le repos éternel.

extrait des notes rédigées par Jeremy Summerly © 2013
Français: Hypérion

George Malcolms Harmonisierung des Nunc dimittis 3. Tonus ist ein Lehrbeispiel für spirituellen Minimalismus. Der unverzierte Gesang der unteren Stimmen wird von den oberen Stimmen mit einer schlichten dreistimmigen Homophonie beantwortet, wobei die Harmonie sich in ein ruhiges Unisono auflöst, wenn Simeons Seele sanft in die ewige Ruhe hinübergleitet.

aus dem Begleittext von Jeremy Summerly © 2013
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel

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