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Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis

Choir Of St. John's College, Cambridge, Andrew Nethsingha

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As conductor of the Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge, Andrew Nethsingha has somewhat modernized the repertory of the venerable group. However, a straight traditional program is certainly within his arsenal, and with this set of 20th century (and very early 21st century) settings of the Magnificat and Nunc dimittis, that's exactly what you get here. The program is both roughly chronological and illustrative of changing interpretations of the canticle texts: from the grand Victorian self-assurance of Stanford's setting you proceed through the inward complexity of Kenneth Leighton, the calm pastoralism of Herbert Sumsion and the discursive Herbert Howells, the sunny contemporary sound of Gabriel Jackson, and the angular Michael Tippett. All the music (you can really sample anywhere here) gets readings of absolute clarity, and there are deeper specificities in the program explicated by St. John's Canon Mark Oakley in a detailed booklet note. For instance, the Tippett setting was inspired by an organ stop distinctive to St. John's. Best of all is the sound, with the singers apparently separated spatially. The result is that the space is fully encompassed, but the texts remain distinct. Signum engineers often do well with this choir, but here they have exceeded even high expectations. If you're choosing just one English collegiate choir recording this year, you may do well to make it this one.
© TiVo

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Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis in A Major (Sir Charles Villiers Stanford)

1
I. Magnificat
The Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge
00:06:17

The Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge - Glen Dempsey, Organ - Andrew Nethsingha, Conductor - Charles Villiers Stanford, Composer

(C) 2019 Signum Records (P) 2019 Signum Records

2
II. Nunc Dimittis
The Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge
00:05:36

The Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge - Glen Dempsey, Organ - Andrew Nethsingha, Conductor - Charles Villiers Stanford, Composer

(C) 2019 Signum Records (P) 2019 Signum Records

Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis (The Second Service), Op. 62 (Kenneth Leighton)

3
I. Magnificat
The Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge
00:06:45

The Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge - Glen Dempsey, Organ - Andrew Nethsingha, Conductor - Kenneth Leighton, Composer

(C) 2019 Signum Records (P) 2019 Signum Records

4
II. Nunc Dimittis
The Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge
00:04:28

The Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge - Glen Dempsey, Organ - Andrew Nethsingha, Conductor - Kenneth Leighton, Composer

(C) 2019 Signum Records (P) 2019 Signum Records

Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in A (Herbert Sumsion)

5
I. Magnificat
The Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge
00:05:02

The Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge - Glen Dempsey, Organ - Andrew Nethsingha, Conductor - Herbert Sumsion, Composer

(C) 2019 Signum Records (P) 2019 Signum Records

6
II. Nunc dimittis
The Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge
00:03:09

The Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge - Glen Dempsey, Organ - Andrew Nethsingha, Conductor - Herbert Sumsion, Composer

(C) 2019 Signum Records (P) 2019 Signum Records

Magnificat and Nunc dimittis (Gloucester Service) (Herbert Howells)

7
I. Magnificat
The Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge
00:07:01

The Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge - Glen Dempsey, Organ - Andrew Nethsingha, Conductor - Herbert Howells, Composer

(C) 2019 Signum Records (P) 2019 Signum Records

8
II. Nunc Dimittis
The Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge
00:04:48

The Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge - Glen Dempsey, Organ - Andrew Nethsingha, Conductor - Herbert Howells, Composer

(C) 2019 Signum Records (P) 2019 Signum Records

Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis (Truro Service) (Gabriel Jackson)

9
I. Magnificat
The Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge
00:04:51

The Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge - Glen Dempsey, Organ - Andrew Nethsingha, Conductor - Gabriel Jackson, Composer

(C) 2019 Signum Records (P) 2019 Signum Records

10
II. Nunc Dimittis
The Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge
00:02:45

The Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge - Glen Dempsey, Organ - Andrew Nethsingha, Conductor - Gabriel Jackson, Composer

(C) 2019 Signum Records (P) 2019 Signum Records

Magnificat and Nunc dimittis (Collegium Sancti Johannis Cantabrigiense) (Sir Michael Tippett)

11
I. Magnificat
The Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge
00:04:25

The Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge - Glen Dempsey, Organ - Andrew Nethsingha, Conductor - Sir Michael Tippett, Composer

(C) 2019 Signum Records (P) 2019 Signum Records

12
II. Nunc Dimittis
The Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge
00:03:30

The Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge - Glen Dempsey, Organ - Andrew Nethsingha, Conductor - Sir Michael Tippett, Composer

(C) 2019 Signum Records (P) 2019 Signum Records

Album Description

As conductor of the Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge, Andrew Nethsingha has somewhat modernized the repertory of the venerable group. However, a straight traditional program is certainly within his arsenal, and with this set of 20th century (and very early 21st century) settings of the Magnificat and Nunc dimittis, that's exactly what you get here. The program is both roughly chronological and illustrative of changing interpretations of the canticle texts: from the grand Victorian self-assurance of Stanford's setting you proceed through the inward complexity of Kenneth Leighton, the calm pastoralism of Herbert Sumsion and the discursive Herbert Howells, the sunny contemporary sound of Gabriel Jackson, and the angular Michael Tippett. All the music (you can really sample anywhere here) gets readings of absolute clarity, and there are deeper specificities in the program explicated by St. John's Canon Mark Oakley in a detailed booklet note. For instance, the Tippett setting was inspired by an organ stop distinctive to St. John's. Best of all is the sound, with the singers apparently separated spatially. The result is that the space is fully encompassed, but the texts remain distinct. Signum engineers often do well with this choir, but here they have exceeded even high expectations. If you're choosing just one English collegiate choir recording this year, you may do well to make it this one.
© TiVo

Details of original recording : Recorded in St John’s College Chapel, Cambridge, UK, from 19th to 22nd April 2018

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