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Call Number: CD 1606
Organization: University of British Columbia Singers
Media Type: CD
Year of Release: 2013
Record Label: Centrediscs / Centredisques


Magnificat: Songs of Reflection

The Magnificat is one of the earliest Christian hymns, taken from the Gospel of Luke, in which Mary proclaims “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God the Saviour.” Stephen Chatman gave the familiar text a multilingual setting for the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games (in Latin plus six official languages: English, French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, and German). The composition was commissioned by the Vancouver Chamber Choir, Jon Washburn, director, with assistance from British Columbia Arts Partners in Creative Development. MAGNIFICAT, for soprano solo, SATB chorus and string orchestra is a 24 minute piece in eight movements. Through its marriage of multilingual texts and contrasting musical idioms, the work expresses not only strongly held religious convictions but also hope for universal peace and harmony within our global community. To complement the spiritual nature of MAGNIFICAT, the subsequent tracks of this collection are “songs of reflection” for either accompanied or unaccompanied SATB chorus. These often subdued, contemplative songs are settings of words by some of Stephen Chatman’s favourite poets, primarily Walt Whitman (1819-
1892), Christina Rossetti (1830-1894), and Sara Teasdale (1884-1933). In common among these poems are themes of love - memories of love and lost love, death and transcendence, peace and nature.


Music by Stephen Chatman (1950 - )
University of British Columbia University Singers
Graeme Langager, conductor

Magnificat (23:32)
1 I Magnificat anima mea Dominum (My soul doth magnify the Lord) 1:48
2 II Mon âme, my soul (My soul, my soul) 2:51
3 III Porque el Poderoso es grande (For he that is mighty) 2:29
4 IV Und mein Geist freuet sich Gottes (And my spirit hath rejoiced in God) 4:05
5 V 叫 飢 餓 的 得 飽 美 食 (He hath filled the hungry with good things) 3:11
6 VI явил силу мышцы Cвоeй (He hath shewed strength with his arm) 2:57
7 VII He hath helped his servant Israel 3:49
8 VIII Magnificat anima mea Dominum - Reprise and Doxology 2:10
Bahareh Poureslami, soprano soloist
University of British Columbia Orchestra
Jonathan Girard, conductor

9 The half moon (Rossetti) 2:47 *
Arianna Ervin - soprano, SATB, Piano
10 I am not yours (Teasdale) 2:23

Songs of Remembrance
11 1. Come to Me (Rossetti) 3:33 † *
Keira Chapman – soprano, SATB, Piano, Clarinet
12 2. And if thou wilt, remember (Rossetti) 4:30 † *
Sasha Kaye – soprano, SSATB, Piano, Clarinet
13 In Flanders Fields (McCrae) 1:59
14 Dreaming (Khayyám/FitzGerald) 2:40 ‡ ~
Bahareh Poureslami & Keira Chapman – sopranos
SATB, Oboe and Zheng
15 Darest thou now O soul (Whitman) 4:02 *
SATB, Piano
16 Come, said my Soul (Whitman) 3:19 ‡
SATB, Oboe
17 The Cloud (Teasdale) 3:24 *
SATB, Piano
18 I would live in your love (Teasdale) 2:38
19 Alas, that Spring should vanish with the Rose! (Khayyam/FitzGerald) 4:05 †
Paula Berry – soprano, SATB, Clarinet
20 Peace (Teasdale) 2:57 *
SATB, Piano

* Terence Dawson, piano † Cris Inguanti, clarinet
‡ Geronimo Mendoza, oboe ~ Geling Jiang, zheng

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