Oliver Tarney: Magnificat


Performed by Serafine Chamber Choir & Sinfonia and conducted by Manvinder Rattan.


About this release

In this newly-commissioned work in 12 movements, Tarney has interpolated the conventional text from the Gospel of Luke with apocryphal and old Testament texts as well as extracts from the Book of Maryam from the Qur’an. The fuller picture this paints completely changes the way we think of this important bible story and Tarney sets the whole with memorably exquisite musical colours which bow to no one. In a world riven with division and violence based on religious lines, this piece reminds us of what we could have in common if we looked a little harder.

CD Booklet
  • Magnificat: I. Magnificat - Oliver Tarney
  • Magnificat: II. Et exultavit - Oliver Tarney
  • Magnificat: III. Quia respexit - Oliver Tarney
  • Magnificat: IV. Ecce enim - Oliver Tarney
  • Magnificat: V. Quia fecit - Oliver Tarney
  • Magnificat: VI. Et misericordia - Oliver Tarney
  • Magnificat: VII. Fecit potentiam - Oliver Tarney
  • Magnificat: VIII. Deposuit - Oliver Tarney
  • Magnificat: IX. Esurientes - Oliver Tarney
  • Magnificat: X. Suscepit Israel - Oliver Tarney
  • Magnificat: XI. Sicut locutus est - Oliver Tarney
  • Magnificat: XII. Gloria Patri - Oliver Tarney
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Commissioned Programme Note

Mary was about 16. As many traditional images show, she may have been working at her spinning wheel, minding her own business, when the Angel Gabriel appeared to her and told her the news that she was with child. Not only that, but her son was God, and would grow up to be the saviour of mankind. I can’t help but feel that ecstatic jubilation was probably not her first response. Read more

Production Credits

Catalogue number CR030
Photography Various
Engineering Adaq Khan
Mastering Adaq Khan
Producer Andrew King
Creative Director John Bevan
Executive Producer Adrian Green
Recorded 23, 24 May, 2015
Venue The Church of the Holy Spirit, Clapham, London

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