Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis (Walsingham Service)
Randall Giles has looked to the chant as inspiration for this setting of the evening canticles. Both movements alternate single chant lines for a cantor with more developed harmony for men s choir. The choral parts retain the rhythmic flexibility of the chant with their ever-changing meter while exploiting the full range of each voice. The harmonic language ranges from stark simplicity to passages of more complex chromaticism particularly in the elegant organ accompaniment. The text is the Rite II translation. This is a superb addition to the Evensong repertory.