Welcome to Hyperion Records, an independent British classical label devoted to presenting high-quality recordings of music of all styles and from all periods from the twelfth century to the twenty-first.

Hyperion offers both CDs, and downloads in a number of formats. The site is also available in several languages.

Please use the dropdown buttons to set your preferred options, or use the checkbox to accept the defaults.

Morning, Communion and Evening Service in A flat major, Op 6

author of text
Magnificat: Luke 1: 46-55; Nunc dimittis: Luke 2: 29-32

Throughout his life, Basil Harwood (1859-1949) maintained a close association with the Church and its musical heritage. Born in Gloucestershire, he began his studies as an organist with Riseley at Bristol Cathedral. Later he moved to Oxford to study theory with Corfe at Trinity College and for a short time he had lessons at the Leipzig Conservatory with Reinecke. Harwood held his first appointment as an organist at St Barnabas’, Pimlico (1883-7) and then proceeded to Ely Cathedral where he was organist and choirmaster from 1887 to 1893. It was during his time at Ely Cathedral that Harwood composed the Morning, Communion and Evening Service in A flat (Op 6) of which the Magnificat and Nunc dimittis sung on this recording form a part. Though the service is usually sung with organ accompaniment, it also exists in a version orchestrated by Sir Walter Alcock, a fellow organist and contemporary of Harwood’s. The music clearly shows the influence of Wesley in its rich harmonies, sweeping melodies, delicate phrasing, expressive word-painting, and most importantly in its supremely confident and imaginative handling of vocal textures. After leaving Ely, Harwood’s career centred on Oxford where he was organist at Christ Church (1892-1909), precentor at Keble College (1892-1903), and conductor of the Orchestral Association (1892-8). The year 1896 saw the foundation of the Bach Choir; Harwood became its first conductor in that year and held the appointment until 1900 when he took over as University Choragus (an Office peculiar to Oxford University). Available sources indicate that Harwood’s list of compositions was not extensive; the works that are documented seem to fall into the categories of Church music, organ works and cantatas.

from notes by Sarah Langdon © 1988


Evening Canticle 1: Magnificat  My soul doth magnify the Lord
Track 7 on CDH55402 [5'27]
Evening Canticle 2: Nunc dimittis  Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace
Track 8 on CDH55402 [2'26]

Track-specific metadata for CDA66305 track 7

Evening Canticle 1: Magnificat
Recording date
24 March 1988
Recording venue
St Paul's Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. My spirit hath rejoiced (CDA66305)
    Disc 1 Track 7
    Release date: November 1988
    Deletion date: August 2010
    Superseded by CDH55402
  2. My spirit hath rejoiced (CDH55402)
    Disc 1 Track 7
    Release date: June 2011
Waiting for content to load...
Waiting for content to load...