Byrd – Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis (St John’s College Cambridge Choir, 1982)

The choristers of St John’s College Cambridge conducted by George Guest singing Byrd’s settings of the Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis (Second Service) in a performance dating from March 3rd 1982 and recorded by the BBC. Enjoy :-)

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Video Sources: Both uploaded to YouTube by Collegium Regale

Note: St John’s have a far more recent performance – dating from 2010, of these canticles on their site which is well worth your while listening to both because of the beauty of their singing and to hear a somewhat different performance style. You can find it here: Byrd W – Magnificat & Nunc dimittis ‘Second Service’ | The Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge – mfi.

Magnificat

Nunc Dimittis

My soul doth magnify the Lord : and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
For he hath regarded : the lowliness of his handmaiden.
For behold, from henceforth : all generations shall call me blessed.
For he that is mighty hath magnified me : and holy is his Name.
And his mercy is on them that fear him : throughout all generations.
He hath shewed strength with his arm : he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
He hath put down the mighty from their seat : and hath exalted the humble and meek.
He hath filled the hungry with good things : and the rich he hath sent empty away.
He remembering his mercy hath holpen his servant Israel : as he promised to our forefathers, Abraham and his seed for ever.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son : and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be : world without end. Amen.

Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace : according to thy word.
For mine eyes have seen : thy salvation,
Which thou hast prepared : before the face of all people;
To be a light to lighten the Gentiles : and to be the glory of thy people Israel.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son : and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be : world without end. Amen.

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