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Nunc dimittis

First line:
Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace
2016; SATB divisi + organ; composed to accompany Finzi's Magnificat
author of text
Luke 2: 29-32

David Bednall wrote his Nunc dimittis in 2016, in order to facilitate the use of Finzi’s Magnificat within Anglican Evensong. He also fashioned a Gloria which could be inserted into the Magnificat before Finzi’s own Amen, though this is not heard in the present recording. Few, if any, contemporary composers are so well qualified to inhabit Finzi’s idiom while preserving a personal integrity of voice and approach. Despite this, Bednall modestly disavows any explicit intention to complete or correct Finzi’s work, preferring to stress only a de facto widening of opportunity for the Magnificat to be regularly heard.

from notes by Francis Pott © 2019


Finzi: Choral works
Studio Master: CDA68222Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 5 on CDA68222 [8'22]

Track-specific metadata for CDA68222 track 5

Recording date
4 July 2018
Recording venue
Hereford Cathedral, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
David Hinitt
Hyperion usage
  1. Finzi: Choral works (CDA68222)
    Disc 1 Track 5
    Release date: August 2019
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