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The angel Gabriel

author of text
from an old Basque Noël

In the early sixties Maw had the idea of writing a carol each year which he hoped would be performed at Christmas. If they did not appear quite as planned on an annual basis, Maw nevertheless wrote four attractive contributions for the Christmastide season during the decade and these, together with a later example, now follow. The angel Gabriel (1963) is an arrangement of the well-known old Basque melody. Here Maw creates a variety of choral textures including a two-part setting of the second verse and a leaping figure that accompanies the melody and which bursts out ecstatically on the word ‘Gloria’ for the final verse.

from notes by Andrew Burn © 2007


Maw: One foot in Eden still, I stand & other choral works
CDA67615Archive Service


Track 9 on CDA67615 [2'24] Archive Service

Track-specific metadata for CDA67615 track 9

Recording date
14 March 2000
Recording venue
Exeter College Chapel, Oxford, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Nick Flower
Recording engineer
Mike Skeet
Hyperion usage
  1. Maw: One foot in Eden still, I stand & other choral works (CDA67615)
    Disc 1 Track 9
    Release date: January 2007
    Deletion date: October 2021
    Archive Service
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