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Magnificat

Magnificat

Directed by Philip Cave, an acclaimed choir formed primarily of former Oxford and Cambridge choral scholars.



Linn 40th Anniversary Collection
Linn 40th Anniversary Collection
Linn celebrates its 40th anniversary with a limited edition collection bursting with stand-out music 

AKD 425  

Parsons, White & Byrd: Where late the sweet birds sang
Parsons, White & Byrd: Where late the sweet birds sang
Magnificat, directed by Philip Cave, explore the fascinating Latin music of Tudor England. 

CKD 417  

The Super Audio Collection Volume 6
The Super Audio Collection Volume 6
Includes premiere recordings, memorable debuts and new takes on popular repertoire. 

AKP 408  

Rogier: Music from the Missae Sex
Rogier: Music from the Missae Sex
Premiere recordings of Iberian polyphony composed by Philippe Rogier. 

CKD 387  

The Super Audio Collection Volume 5 Sampler
The Super Audio Collection Volume 5 Sampler
An impressive new collection showcasing the best of Linn Record's artists. 

AKP 389  

Philippe Rogier - Polychoral Works
Philippe Rogier - Polychoral Works
Magnificat gives a splendid performance of Philippe Rogier's boundry-pushing Polychoral music. 

CKD 348  

Linn 'Selektions' The Surround Sound sampler
Linn 'Selektions' The Surround Sound sampler
A superb collection of tracks from Linn's Super Audio CD catalogue. 

AKP 245  

Thomas Tallis: Spem in alium
Thomas Tallis: Spem in alium
A simply spectacular performance which earned the recording a Gramophone 'Editor's Choice' plaudit. 

CKD 233  

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
An exuberant performance of Da Palestrina's cycle of motets by the virtuosic choir Magnificat. 

CKD 174  

Linn Records Sampler
Linn Records Sampler
Linn Records sampler with highlights from the Jazz, Classical and Scottish catalogue. 

AKP 175  

Philippe Rogier: Missa Ego sum qui sum
Philippe Rogier: Missa Ego sum qui sum
A fascinating exploration of this neglected Franco-Flemish composer. 

CKD 109  

Tomas Luis de Victoria: Officium Defunctorum
Tomas Luis de Victoria: Officium Defunctorum
Magnificat blend beautifully in this hypnotic recording ofVictoria's 'Mass for the Dead'. 

CKD 060  

The Golden Age Volume 1: Europe
The Golden Age Volume 1: Europe
Magnificat's debut album on Linn Records exploring the music of Palestrina, Desprez and others. 

CKD 052  

Magnificat was formed in 1991 by its conductor, Philip Cave, to explore the rich diversity of choral music from the last five centuries. The ensemble specialises in the restoration and performance of neglected choral masterpieces of the 16th and 17th centuries. Magnificat ranges in size from four to forty voices and performs a wide range of music, both a cappella and with ensembles of period instruments.

In association with Linn Records, Magnificat has undertaken many recording projects of music from ‘The Golden Age'. The first of these comprises motets by Gesualdo, Guerrero, Josquin, Rebelo and Victoria together with Allegri's Miserere and Palestrina's Stabat mater. A highly acclaimed recording of Victoria's Officium Defunctorum of 1605, named a 1997 Critics' Choice by Gramophone Magazine and chosen by The Rough Guide as one of its ‘100 Essential Classical CDs', was followed by a disc of music by the neglected Spanish master, Philippe Rogier, including the Missa Ego sum qui sum.

Magnificat's recording of Thomas Tallis' forty-part motet Spem in alium was hailed as "quite the best recording" by Gramophone Magazine. The disc was recently selected as the BBC Radio 3 recommended performance of Tallis' Lamentations of Jeremiah, and it includes the four-part Mass and a selection of Latin motets. The ensemble has also recorded a CD of Palestrina's twenty-nine motets from the Song of Songs.

Visit the Magnificat website for more information: www.chorworks.com/magnificat/

Free podcasts are available on the Magnificat website: www.chorworks.com/podcasts/

Magnificat Album Launch Concerts
14 February 2011
Magnificat will be launching their new album Philippe Rogier - Polychoral Works in a series of three performances.
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Fanfare
'The 18 mixed voices of this ensemble are as responsive as a smaller group while furnishing a warmly blended sound.'
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Early Music Review
'Very highly recommended.'
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BBC Music Magazine
4½ Stars
'Byrd's eight-part Quomodo cantabinus unfurls majestically, ravishing the ear.'
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International Record Review
'The programme is as comforting and pleasing to the intellect as the music is the soul'
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Pizzicato
'...you will discover a heritage rich with emotion.'
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Gramophone
'The blend and ensemble of the voices is beyond reproach.'
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Allmusic.Com
'beautifully sung'
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The Irish Times
'such faithful thoroughness'
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The Independent
'the blend is beautifully relaxed and natural.'
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The Observer
'Pass it over at your peril.'
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Classic FM
Connoisseur’s Choice
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Music Web International
'This is another triumph for Magnificat and Linn.'
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Music Media Monthly
'One of the most beautiful discs to cross my desk this year....Very highly recommended'.
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The Consort
'Such a polished performance by this well-blended group of voices makes very pleasurable listening.'
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Deutschen Schallplattenkritik
Best of 2012: 'Zwei seiner retrospektiv den Renaissancestil verklärenden Messen hat das englische Vokalensemble Magnificat unter der Leitung von Philip Cave aufgenommen – mit homogenem, sonorem Klang, der das dichte Stimmengeflecht freilegt und dennoch der Musik nichts von ihrer energischen Vitalität nimmt. Eine lohnenswerte Entdeckung!'
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BBC Music Magazine
'Magnificat's cast list is about as good as it gets...'
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Fanfare
'The choral sound is extraordinarily coherent...clearly Cave and Magnificat are the team for this repertory.'
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Sound and Music
A nice review from Sound and Music
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Pizzicato

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American Record Guide
'Vocal control and intonation are exemplary'.
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SA-CD.net
5 Stars
'...this is a luminous performance...'
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International Record Review
'This is a superb, vibrant disc of some first-rate music...'
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musica Dei donum
'not to be missed by anyone'
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Gramophone
'...a fine recital.'
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Audiophile Audition
4 Stars
'...the whole series is warmly encouraged on all.'
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The Sunday Times
"The sound these singers make is exquisite..."
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MusicWeb International
"The excellence of the performances and recording is matched by the booklet of notes, texts and translations."
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AllMusic.com
‘Magnificat delivers clear, stirring performances…for fans of the polychoral style of the late Baroque this recording is likely to come as a major revelation.’
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Audiophile Audition
4 Stars
"Another exceptionally worthy and virtually unknown Renaissance composer emerges from the dust heap of history—to wonderful effect."
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Fanfare
'Cave achieves a marvelous ensemble with these forces...heartily recommended.'
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Sonograma Magazine
A great review from the Spanish Sonograma Magazine
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Classica
A review from the French magazine Classica
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Audio Visual Club of Atlanta
'By tastefully enriching and illuminating the harmony...they reinforce its glowing qualities.'
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Audiophilia.com
'...this performance confirms their place in the very front rank of Early Music practitioners...'
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Klassik.com
4 Stars
'...hervorragender englischer Consortsänger, kontinuierlich hohe Qualität...'
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BBC Music Magazine
4 Stars
...a glorious jamboree of instruments doubling and decorating the vocal lines...'
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The Scotsman
4 Stars
"[A] delicious mix of South European polychoral textures and the seamless polyphony of the north."
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SA-CD.net
"A lovely and thoroughly engaging disc from Magnificat..."
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MusicWeb International
'This is a worthy - wonderful, even - follow-up to the earlier Magnificat recording of Rogier'
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The Huffington Post
"The performances are delivered with the right blend of musical precision and spiritual haze..."
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The Oxford Times (Live)
'This concert was a real treat; an evening of wonderful, luscious sounds from a highly accomplished ensemble.'
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The Guardian
'The works on what is Magnificat's second disc of Rogier's music for Linn show how the composer's style...'
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International Record Review
'The excellent recording...is very precise and revealing.'
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musicweb-international.com
my version of choice for this highly-charged music
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Early Music Review
I can thoroughly recommend this very fine recording
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Audiophile Audition
Five stars - my whole-hearted, highest recommendation
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Independent on Sunday
A thick and rich sound which creates a vivid performance
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Atlanta Audio Society
An intimate and remarkable recording of music by the Thomas Tallis, the "father of English church music"
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New-Classics.co.uk
An inspired performance of this breathtaking piece of music
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Gramophone
An outstanding performance of Thomas Tallis's Spem in alium provides a powerful cornerstone for a superbly conceived and executed programme.
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Early Music Review
This is a lovely disc, a worthy addition to this group's impressive discography...
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Gramophone
This is, if I may be forgiven for employing a quartet of over-used adjectives, a lush, glorious, moving, sublime disc.
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BBC Music
Stunning.
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Gramophone 'Soundings'
...very plausible.
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