1662 Book of Common Prayer (E)
Wells Cathedral, Wells
Wells Cathedral Choir/St.John's CollegeChoir, Cambridge/BBC Philharmonic / James MacMillan
The Magnificat was commissioned by the BBC for the first choral evensong of the new Millennium, at Wells Cathedral. There are two versions, one for orchestra and choir and one for organ and choir. The choral writing is simple and homophonic, each phrase punctuated by an introspective instrumental echo. The music gradually builds to a joyous climax in the doxology.