Magnificat | Signum SIGCD588



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Label: Signum

Cat No: SIGCD588

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 25th October 2019



Magnificat was recorded to explore the breadth of imagination with which composers have approached the texts, which have been sung in Christian worship for over 1000 years. Stanfordís starting point was the Germanic symphonic tradition; Howells took his inspiration from the architecture and acoustics of the Cathedral in Gloucester; Tippett was inspired by the unique Spanish trumpet stop at St Johnís.

With the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis being part of the daily evensong, the choir sings an arrangement of the texts in some form at least once every day. This is therefore a collection of pieces which the choir sing on a regular basis.

The Evening Canticles chosen for this record relate to a particular period of music-making in the life of St Johnís conductor, Andrew Nethsingha; his time at the Royal College of Music; at Truro and Gloucester Cathedrals and lastly his time at St Johnís.

Founded in the 1670s, The Choir of St Johnís College, Cambridge, is one of the finest collegiate choirs in the world Ė known and loved by millions for its rich, warm and distinctive sound, expressive interpretations and ability to sing in a variety of styles.

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