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Magnificat

The Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge

Magnificat

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Format: CD
Label: Signum Classics
UPC: 0635212058824
Catnr: SIGCD 588
Release date: 04 October 2019
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Label
Signum Classics
UPC
0635212058824
Catalogue number
SIGCD 588
Release date
04 October 2019
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About the album

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. Stanford’s 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 John’s.

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

Founded in the 1670s, The Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge, is one of the finest collegiate choirs in the world – known and loved by millions for its rich, warm and distinctive sound, expressive interpretations and ability to sing in a variety of styles.
Voor zijn album Magnificat nam The Choir of St. John’s College, Cambridge verschillende versies van het Magnificat en Nunc Dimittis op om de breedte van het voorstellingsvermogen waarmee componisten deze teksten, die al meer dan duizend jaar in de Christelijke dienst worden gezongen, te verkennen. Stanfords uitgangspunt was de Duitse symfonische traditie; Howells liet zich inspireren door de architectuur en akoestiek van de kathedraal in Glouchester; Tippett werd geïnspireerd door het unieke Spaanse trompetregister van het orgel in St John’s College Chapel.

De Evensong gezangen die voor deze opname zijn gekozen verwijzen naar een bepaalde periode in het leven van de dirigent van St John’s, Andrew Nethsingha; zijn periode bij het Royal College of Music; in de kathedralen van Truro en Glouchester en ten slotte zijn periode bij St John’s.

Het Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge, opgericht in de jaren 1670, is een van de beste studentenkoren ter wereld, bij miljoenen mensen bekend en geliefd om zijn typerende rijke, warme klank, zijn expressieve interpretaties en zijn brede repertoire.

Artist(s)

Glen Dempsey (organ)

Andrew Nethsingha (conductor)

Performing as a conductor and organist in North America, South Africa, Far East, and throughout Europe, Andrew Nethsingha has been Director of Music at St John’s College, Cambridge since 2007. His innovations at St John’s have included weekly webcasts and a termly Bach cantata series.  His recordings for Chandos have been well reviewed. Andrew Nethsingha received his early musical training as a chorister at Exeter Cathedral, where his father was organist for over a quarter of a century. He later studied at the Royal College of Music, where he won seven prizes, and at St John’s College, Cambridge. He held Organ Scholarships under Christopher Robinson, at St George’s Windsor, and George Guest, at St John’s, before becoming Assistant Organist at Wells...
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Performing as a conductor and organist in North America, South Africa, Far East, and throughout Europe, Andrew Nethsingha has been Director of Music at St John’s College, Cambridge since 2007. His innovations at St John’s have included weekly webcasts and a termly Bach cantata series. His recordings for Chandos have been well reviewed.

Andrew Nethsingha received his early musical training as a chorister at Exeter Cathedral, where his father was organist for over a quarter of a century. He later studied at the Royal College of Music, where he won seven prizes, and at St John’s College, Cambridge. He held Organ Scholarships under Christopher Robinson, at St George’s Windsor, and George Guest, at St John’s, before becoming Assistant Organist at Wells Cathedral. He was subsequently Director of Music at Truro and Gloucester Cathedrals. Other recent positions have included Artistic Director of the Gloucester Three Choirs Festival and Musical Director of the Gloucester Choral Society.

He has served as President of the Cathedral Organists’ Association. He has worked with some of the UK’s leading orchestras. Andrew’s concerts with the Philharmonia Orchestra have included many of the major choral works: Mahler’s 8th Symphony, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Britten War Requiem, Brahms Requiem, Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius and The Kingdom, Walton Belshazzar’s Feast, Poulenc Gloria and Duruflé Requiem. He has also worked with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the London Mozart Players, Britten Sinfonia, the Aarhus Symfoniorkester and the BBC Concert Orchestra. Recent conducting engagements have included the BBC Proms, Amsterdam Concertgebouw and Tokyo Suntory Hall. He regularly runs choral courses in various countries, including France and the U.S.A.


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Composer(s)

Charles Villiers Stanford

Charles Villiers Stanford was born in Ireland, but rose to fame as a composer, conductor and music teacher in England. While he was still an undergraduate, he was appointed organist of Trinity College, Cambrigde. In 1882 he was one of the founders of the Royal College of Music, where he taught composition for the rest of his life. Later he also became Professor of Music at Cambridge University. Among his pupils were rising composers who would surpass him later on, such as Ralph Vaughan Williams and Gustav Holst. Stanford composed about 200 works in almost every genre, amongst others seven symphonies, nine operas, 11 concertos, 40 choral works and 28 chamber works. Throughout his career he was always admired for his...
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Charles Villiers Stanford was born in Ireland, but rose to fame as a composer, conductor and music teacher in England. While he was still an undergraduate, he was appointed organist of Trinity College, Cambrigde. In 1882 he was one of the founders of the Royal College of Music, where he taught composition for the rest of his life. Later he also became Professor of Music at Cambridge University. Among his pupils were rising composers who would surpass him later on, such as Ralph Vaughan Williams and Gustav Holst.
Stanford composed about 200 works in almost every genre, amongst others seven symphonies, nine operas, 11 concertos, 40 choral works and 28 chamber works. Throughout his career he was always admired for his technical mastery. On the day of Stanford's death, Gustav Holst said Herbert Howells, “The one man who could get any one of us out of a technical mess is now gone from us.” After his death most of his music was quickly forgotten, with the exception of his choral works for church performance. His music became eclipsed by that of Edward Elgar and his former pupils.

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Herbert Howells

Herbert Howells studied at the Royal College of Music, London, with Stanford and Wood and taught there himself from 1920 until 1979. He succeeded Holst at the St. Paul’s Girls School and had a professorship at the London University. His music is clearly in the British diatonic tradition, with connections towards Elgar, Walton and Vaughan Williams. Amongst his early works are two piano concertos and chamber music, but his oeuvre mainly consists of choral works, including 15 anthems, a concert requiem (Hymnus paradisi from 1938, first performed in 1950), masses, motets, and several songs. Deeply rooted in the English choral tradition, Howells’ work demonstrates great, precious craftsmanship and a modest, very eloquent personality. (Source:Musicalifeiten.nl)
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Herbert Howells studied at the Royal College of Music, London, with Stanford and Wood and taught there himself from 1920 until 1979. He succeeded Holst at the St. Paul’s Girls School and had a professorship at the London University. His music is clearly in the British diatonic tradition, with connections towards Elgar, Walton and Vaughan Williams.
Amongst his early works are two piano concertos and chamber music, but his oeuvre mainly consists of choral works, including 15 anthems, a concert requiem (Hymnus paradisi from 1938, first performed in 1950), masses, motets, and several songs. Deeply rooted in the English choral tradition, Howells’ work demonstrates great, precious craftsmanship and a modest, very eloquent personality.
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01.
Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in A: Magnificat
06:20
(Charles Villiers Stanford) Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge, Glen Dempsey
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Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in A: Nunc dimittis
05:37
(Charles Villiers Stanford) Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge, Glen Dempsey
03.
Magnificat and Nunc dimittis (The Second Service): Magnificat
06:45
(Kenneth Leighton) Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge, Glen Dempsey
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Magnificat and Nunc dimittis (The Second Service): Nunc dimittis
04:29
(Kenneth Leighton) Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge, Glen Dempsey
05.
Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in A: Magnificat
05:02
(Herbert Sumsion) Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge, Glen Dempsey
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Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in A: Nunc dimittis
03:09
(Herbert Sumsion) Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge, Glen Dempsey
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Magnificat and Nunc dimittis (Gloucester Service): Magnificat
07:01
(Herbert Howells) Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge, Glen Dempsey
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Magnificat and Nunc dimittis (Gloucester Service): Nunc dimittis
04:48
(Herbert Howells) Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge, Glen Dempsey
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Magnificat and Nunc dimittis (Truro Service): Magnificat
04:51
(Gabriel Jackson) Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge, Glen Dempsey
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Magnificat and Nunc dimittis (Truro Service): Nunc dimittis
02:46
(Gabriel Jackson) Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge, Glen Dempsey
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Magnificat and Nunc dimittis (Collegium Sancti Johannis Cantabrigiense): Magnificat
04:25
(Michael Tippett) Glen Dempsey, Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge
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Magnificat and Nunc dimittis (Collegium Sancti Johannis Cantabrigiense): Nunc dimittis
03:31
(Michael Tippett) Glen Dempsey, Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge
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