Clive Osgood: Magnificat – Review by BBC Music Magazine

"For people looking for a new setting of the Magnificat, this one makes a nice addition to the repertory” ★★

4th June 2024

Clive Osgood: Magnificat – Review by BBC Music Magazine

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Clive Osgood: Magnificat – Review by BBC Music Magazine

"For people looking for a new setting of the Magnificat, this one makes a nice addition to the repertory” ★★

4th June 2024

Clive Osgood: Magnificat

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Clive Osgood’s Magnificat was written as a companion piece to J.S. Bach’s BWV 243 setting, and lasts a similar length of time. The London Mozart Players provide a sensitive accompaniment; at times, however, the brass and timpani can be slightly overenthusiastic, affecting the overall balance. Amy Carson’s soprano solos are sung well and she has an attractive pure tone and little vibrato; however, some of the high notes of the ‘Et exultavit spiritus’ sound a little effortful. The choir sings the ‘Quia respexit’ with a sense of urgency; ‘Suscepit Israel’ is beautifully sung. For people looking for a new setting of the Magnificat, this one makes a nice addition to the repertory. The main disappointment is that the CD comes in at just under 32 minutes. Osgood’s biography suggests he has composed many other pieces that it would have been nice to have included on this recording.

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Clive Osgood’s Magnificat was written as a companion piece to J.S. Bach’s BWV 243 setting, and lasts a similar length of time. The London Mozart Players provide a sensitive accompaniment; at times, however, the brass and timpani can be slightly overenthusiastic, affecting the overall balance. Amy Carson’s soprano solos are sung well and she has an attractive pure tone and little vibrato; however, some of the high notes of the ‘Et exultavit spiritus’ sound a little effortful. The choir sings the ‘Quia respexit’ with a sense of urgency; ‘Suscepit Israel’ is beautifully sung. For people looking for a new setting of the Magnificat, this one makes a nice addition to the repertory. The main disappointment is that the CD comes in at just under 32 minutes. Osgood’s biography suggests he has composed many other pieces that it would have been nice to have included on this recording.

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