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Magnificat Vol. 3
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Choir of St John's College Cambridge

Magnificat Vol. 3

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Label: Signum Classics
UPC: 0635212074220
Catnr: SIGCD 742
Release date: 17 March 2023
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Label
Signum Classics
UPC
0635212074220
Catalogue number
SIGCD 742
Release date
17 March 2023
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MAGNIFICAT AND
NUNC DIMITTIS recordings

Artist(s)

Choir of St John's College Cambridge

The Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge is one of the finest collegiate choirs in the world, known and loved by millions from its broadcasts, concert tours and over 100 recordings. Founded in the 1670s, the Choir is known for its distinctive rich, warm sound, its expressive interpretations and its breadth of repertoire. Alongside these musical characteristics, the Choir is particularly proud of its happy, relaxed and mutually supportive atmosphere. The Choir was directed by Andrew Nethsingha between 2007 and 2022. He followed a long line of eminent Directors of Music, recently Dr George Guest, Dr Christopher Robinson and Dr David Hill. Nethsingha’s successor, Christopher Gray, will take up post in April 2023. The Choir is made up of around...
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The Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge is one of the finest collegiate choirs in the world, known and loved by millions from its broadcasts, concert tours and over 100 recordings. Founded in the 1670s, the Choir is known for its distinctive rich, warm sound, its expressive interpretations and its breadth of repertoire. Alongside these musical characteristics, the Choir is particularly proud of its happy, relaxed and mutually supportive atmosphere. The Choir was directed by Andrew Nethsingha between 2007 and 2022. He followed a long line of eminent Directors of Music, recently Dr George Guest, Dr Christopher Robinson and Dr David Hill. Nethsingha’s successor, Christopher Gray, will take up post in April 2023. The Choir is made up of around 20 Choristers and Probationers from St John’s College School and around 16 Choral Scholars who are members of St John’s College, its primary purpose being to enhance the liturgy and worship at daily services in the College Chapel.
The Choir has a diverse repertoire spanning over 500 years of music. It is also renowned for championing contemporary music by commissioning new works, including recent compositions by Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Judith Bingham, Julian Anderson, Anna Semple, Katrina Toner, Ignacio Mañá Mesas, Cecilia McDowall, Helen Grime, David Nunn, Jonathan Dove and Iain Farrington. Each term, the Choir is joined by its period instrument ensemble St John’s Sinfonia to perform Bach Cantatas in a liturgical setting.
The Choir brings the ‘St John’s Sound’ to listeners around the world through its weekly webcasts (available at www.sjcchoir.co.uk). The Choir has also live-streamed video broadcasts of Chapel services on Facebook, in association with Classic FM. In addition to regular radio broadcasts in this country and abroad, the Choir releases multiple recordings each year. In May 2016 the College launched its ‘St John’s Cambridge’ recording label (in conjunction with Signum Classics). Since then 14 Choir albums have been released. These include single composer albums of Jonathan Harvey (BBC Music Magazine Award winner), Ralph Vaughan Williams and Michael Finnissy, the latter of which was a finalist in the 2021 Gramophone Awards. In addition to this album, there have been a further two ‘Magnificat’ albums of varied Evensong Canticles, an anthem compilation Locus Iste, masses by Poulenc and Kodály, a live anthology The Tree, a Psalms collection, and seasonal albums for Advent, Christmas, Ash Wednesday and Eastertide.
The Choir also performs concerts outside of Cambridge and tours internationally each year. Recent destinations have included the USA, the Netherlands, France, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Hong Kong and Singapore. It also performs regularly in the UK, with venues including Symphony Hall, Birmingham, Royal Albert Hall and Royal Festival Hall, London.

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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)

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.
(Source:Musicalifeiten.nl)
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01.
Six Choruses for Mixed Voices Op. 40: I. Nunc Dimittis
03:14
(Pavel Chesnokov) Choir of St John's College Cambridge, George Herbert, Thomas Butler
02.
Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis: I. Magnificat – St Paul's Service
06:51
(Herbert Howells) Choir of St John's College Cambridge, George Herbert
03.
Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis: II. Nunc Dimittis – St Paul's Service
05:33
(Herbert Howells) Choir of St John's College Cambridge, George Herbert
04.
Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis: I. Magnificat – Sancti Johannis Cantabrigiense
05:11
(Philip Moore) Choir of St John's College Cambridge, George Herbert, Joshua Davidson, Alastair Austin
05.
Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis: II. Nunc Dimittis – Sancti Johannis Cantabrigiense
03:30
(Philip Moore) Choir of St John's College Cambridge, Thomas Butler, Joshua Davidson, Angus Crichton-Stuart
06.
Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis: I. Magnificat – Collegium Magdalenae Oxoniense
04:54
(Kenneth Leighton) Choir of St John's College Cambridge, George Herbert
07.
Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis: II. Nunc Dimittis – Collegium Magdalenae Oxoniense
03:38
(Kenneth Leighton) Choir of St John's College Cambridge, George Herbert
08.
Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis: I. Magnificat – Westminster Service
05:29
(Herbert Howells) Choir of St John's College Cambridge, George Herbert
09.
Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis: II. Nunc Dimittis – Westminster Service
03:00
(Herbert Howells) Choir of St John's College Cambridge, George Herbert
10.
Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis in F: I. Magnificat
03:52
(George Dyson) Choir of St John's College Cambridge, George Herbert, Lucas Nair-Grepinet
11.
Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis in F: II. Nunc Dimittis
03:07
(George Dyson) Choir of St John's College Cambridge, George Herbert, Alexander Hopkins
12.
Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis in B-Flat: I. Magnificat
03:51
(Charles Villiers Stanford) Choir of St John's College Cambridge, George Herbert
13.
Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis in B-Flat: II. Nunc Dimittis
03:34
(Charles Villiers Stanford) Choir of St John's College Cambridge, George Herbert
14.
Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis in C: I. Magnificat
03:41
(Bryan Kelly) Choir of St John's College Cambridge, George Herbert
15.
Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis in C: II. Nunc Dimittis
03:26
(Bryan Kelly) Choir of St John's College Cambridge, George Herbert
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