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John Rutter’s Magnificat was premiered at Carnegie Hall in 1990 but subsequently revised and enriched, with a staged entry by the orchestra that gives the piece a dramatic immediacy that overcomes any sense that it is simply a massive exercise in choral technique and word-setting. The Hanover choir and orchestra have fun with it – and fun, too, with the first German-language performance of Rutter’s lovely ‘Fabel with music’, about the 14th-century Dominican Heinrich Suso and his dance with the angels. This is probably the only choral piece in the canon with a part for a donkey whose ‘hee-haw’ is a minor third! Terrific fun.

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