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Magnificat

Magnificat

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



Super Audio Collection Vol. 7
Super Audio Collection Vol. 7
The seventh volume in the perpetually popular Linn Collection series. 

AKP 459  

The Tudors At Prayer
The Tudors At Prayer
‘The Tudors At Prayer' sees Magnificat perform music by Taverner, Tallis, Mundy, White and Byrd. 

CKD 447  

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  

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

BKD 233  

Da Palestrina: Song of Songs
Da Palestrina: Song of Songs
An exuberant performance of Da Palestrina's cycle of motets by the virtuosic choir Magnificat. 

BKD 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  

Victoria: Officium Defunctorum
Victoria: Officium Defunctorum
Magnificat blend beautifully in this hypnotic recording of Victoria's 'Mass for the Dead'. 

BKD 060  

Europe's Golden Age
Europe's Golden Age
Magnificat's debut album explores the music of the great polyphonists des Prez, Lassus and Victoria. 

BKD 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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CDs Klassik Kompass
'The Victoria is music to die for - beautiful sound, intoned in unearthly brilliance and absolutely crystal clear singing - you get a uniform sound of almost hypnotic meditative attraction when the choir would be a single, perfect instrument.'
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BBC Music Magazine
5 Stars
'Director Philip Cave creates some revelatory readings...For clarity, nuance and intimacy, Magnificat's 18 vocalists are unmatched.'
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International Record Review
'...displays the great strengths of Magnificat: a wonderful purity of tone, a direct vocal focus which illuminates the polyphonic lines with startling clarity and a lovely sense of long-breathed lines interweaving gracefully in a richly detailed whole.'
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Gramophone
‘”The Tudors at Prayer” on Linn Records is both rich and gloriously textured, with the 24-bit/192kHz download bringing out the full impact of the music.’


AllMusic.com
4½ Stars
'Linn's engineering work is exemplary, and this is a release that belongs on any decent shelf or hard drive of English choral music.'
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Classical CD Review
'This is a class production, highly recommended.'
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The Washington Post
'Magnificat is undoubtedly magnificent.'
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Pizzicato
'...der charismatische Chor mit seinen – bei aller Reinheit – warmen und kommunikativen Stimmen...'
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The Herald Scotland
'absolutely beautiful'
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Sinfini Music
4 Stars
'Magnificat's unwavering focus, flawless intonation and subtle phrasing bring energy and life to the often convolute lines of music conceived to intensify spiritual contemplation.'
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Early Music Review
'A fine selection'
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CD Choice
'...with even richer textures, Vox Patris caelestis demonstrates Magnificat's authority.'
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The Sunday Times
‘[An] aurally luxuriant collection of Latin settings by five of the finest Tudor composers…’
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BBC Radio 3 'CD Review'
'...delicious chromatic harmonies...'
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MusicWeb International
'Another winner'
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Albion Magazine
'There are comprehensive and excellent work notes and texts included in a high-quality booklet and these, along with the admirable performances, certainly make this a disc to look out for.'
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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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Allmusic.Com
'beautifully sung'
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Gramophone
'The blend and ensemble of the voices is beyond reproach.'
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The Irish Times
'such faithful thoroughness'
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The Observer
'Pass it over at your peril.'
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The Independent
'the blend is beautifully relaxed and natural.'
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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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Gramophone
'...a fine recital.'
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musica Dei donum
'not to be missed by anyone'
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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 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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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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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 Magazine
Stunning.
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Gramophone 'Soundings'
...very plausible.
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