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The Annunciation

First line:
The angel and the girl are met
two additional parts
author of text

The Annunciation, a setting of words by the Orcadian poet Edwin Muir, was composed in 2011 for the Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge, by British composer Jonathan Harvey who believed this would be his final work. Harvey sought a form of spirituality with unity at its core, with particular emphasis on the interaction between energy and stillness, an approach that finds a parallel in the Advent season’s combination of expectation and reflection. The beginning of each stanza is marked by the introduction of a musical idea that subtly refers back to the opening statement. A moment of calm in the centre of the work—‘Feathered through time’—is later recaptured, as the ‘deepening trance’ of the final stanza is brought alive with a beautiful series of closing chords.

from notes by Owain Park © 2019


Studio Master: CDA68299Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Harvey: Deo
Studio Master: SIGCD456Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 3 on CDA68299 [4'07]
Track 13 on SIGCD456 [4'28] Download only

Track-specific metadata for CDA68299 track 3

Recording date
5 January 2019
Recording venue
Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
David Hinitt
Hyperion usage
  1. Christmas (CDA68299)
    Disc 1 Track 3
    Release date: November 2019
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