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New CD of Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis by Schultz

Here are the details of the new Tall Poppies release of Australian sacred choral music, including Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis by Andrew Schultz, performed by the Brisbane Chamber Choir/Graeme Morton.

The following is from the Tall Poppies website –

TP239 Mass of the Dreaming

Australian Sacred Choral Music
Brisbane Chamber Choir • Graeme Morton, director

$23   (Australian dollars)

buy at: AMC – Buywell

It is truly amazing that we’ve waited until 2016 for an Australian choir to record a CD of Australian sacred choral music. Yes, this is the first!!

It’s well worth the wait. A lot of this music was commissioned by the choir. Specially mention must be made of Ross Edwards‘ Mass of the Dreaming, a substantial work that will definitely be included among the pantheon of Australian choral works in the future. It’s the largest work on this disc and one of the most engaging.

The Brisbane Chamber Choir sings these works with skill and passion, ably directed by Graeme Morton.

The Choir has also commissioned the cover art from Kangaroo Valley-based artist Githa Pilbrow, who was inspired by the 2016 Vivid! exhibition in Sydney. Her work Cathedral Light makes a lovely cover.


Paul Stanhope Ubi caritas
Joseph Twist Lamentation of Jeremiah
Keren C. Terpstra Arise my love, my fair one
Matthew Orlovich Communion of Reparation
Andrew Schultz Magnificat
Andrew Schultz Nunc dimittis
Stephen Leek Sanctus
Stephen Leek Agnus Dei
Nigel Butterley Exultate Domino
Ross Edwards Mass of the Dreaming



Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis CD release


“In a slow tempo, the Magnificat, op. 79, by Andrew Schultz, expresses with extremely soft vocal lines those moments of unease that the young woman, after receiving the visit of the Angel, must feel deeply. The music evolves in a completely balanced way despite the earlier tense uncertainty at the time that the voices were fading in from an enigmatic silence. Schultz writes in the header of the score, a poignant phrase of the American writer Emily Bronte:  ‘No coward soul is mine.’” Sonograma Magazine, Spain


The Kühn Mixed Choir of Prague, conducted by Marek Vorlicek, has released the unaccompanied choral works, Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis by Andrew Schultz on the American label, Navona Records. The works are on the Foundations CD (Navona, NV5939); the CD can be purchased from music stores, the Navona website or on all digital formats. The recordings are also available on the Naxos Music Library on-line.

The Foundations compact disc is unusual in its innovative format.  Besides the music on the disc there is a CD-ROM component of the same disc containing enhanced content: scores, liners notes, texts of the works, and other information. This enhanced content is accessed by placing the compact disc in a computer CD drive and clicking on the relevant icon.

Magnificat, Opus 79  (2009) was commissioned by the Sydney Chamber Choir and was given its first performance at the City Recital Hall, Sydney in 2009 conducted by Graham Abbott.  Nunc dimittis, Opus 89 (2011) was commissioned by the Brisbane Chamber Choir who premiered the work at St John’s Cathedral, Brisbane in 2012, conducted by Graeme Morton.

Magnificat and Nunc dimittis, Andrew Schultz.  Kühn Mixed Choir of Prague/ Marek Vorlicek. Navona Records, North Hampton: 2014. Navona NV5939. Release date: 25 February 2014.

Magnificat has also been released in the same performance on the Navona digital compilation disc, Fine Music, Volume 5.

Kühn Choir of Prague record Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis by Andrew Schultz

Marek Vorlicek (left) and Andrew Schultz, Prague

Marek Vorlicek (left) and Andrew Schultz, Prague Academy of Music

The Kühn Choir, conducted by Marek Vorlicek, recorded the unaccompanied choral works, Magnifcat and Nunc Dimittis by Andrew Schultz in January 2013 at the Prague Academy of Music, Czech Republic.  A CD of the recordings will be released on the US label, Navona Records in early 2014.