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The Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge

Ash Wednesday

  • Type CD
  • Label Signum Classics
  • UPC 0635212060520
  • Catalog number SIGCD 605
  • Release date 07 February 2020
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Ash Wednesday marks the start of Lent, the forty-day period of fasting and penitence which precedes Easter. Ashes are placed on worshippers’ foreheads in the shape of a cross, as a sign of repentance. Evensong on this day has been an especially important service in the liturgical year at St John’s; the BBC started transmitting it live in 1972. For several decades the service was broadcast annually; more recently it has been biennial. 2019 was a live broadcast year, however the recording on this release uses our own microphones, permanently installed in St John’s College Chapel for
webcasting, rather than those of the BBC.

This recording will be released around the same time that the Dean of St John’s, Mark Oakley, releases a book on George Herbert’s poems, called My Sour Sweet Days. The book and the recording go well in tandem, as in the Deans first sermon at St. John’s, he said “I believe that when we walk here (The Chapel), we walk into a poem. The liturgy is poetry in motion, and we sometimes fail to understand its density of suggestion, the eavesdropping on the soul, the sensitive state of consciousness that its poetry can prompt.”

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    1
    The Preces
     
    01:39
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    2
    Miserere mei, Deus
     
    13:08
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    The First Lesson
     
    02:03
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    The Short Service Magnificat
     
    03:03
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    The Second Lesson
     
    03:21
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    The Short Service Nunc Dimittis
     
    01:38
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    The Apostles' Creed
     
    01:05
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    The Responses
     
    06:25
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    9
    Ne irascaris, Domine
     
    10:54
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    The Prayers
     
    02:29
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    Prelude in E Minor, BWV 548i
     
    07:40

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