Swayne G - Adam lay ibounden



Recorded on
29 November 2009


Deo gratias!
Adam lay ibounden,
bounden in a bond:
Four thousand winter
thought he not too long.

And all was for an apple,
an apple that he took;
as clerkès finden
written in theirè book.

Nè haddè the apple taken been,
the apple taken been,
nè haddè never our lady
a-been heavenè queen.

Blessèd be the time
that apple taken was!
therefore we moun singen:
Deo gracias!

Words Anonymous, 15th century


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In their first ever album dedicated solely to the Evening Canticles (Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis), the Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge releases Magnificat, a celebration of their daily tradition of Evensong.

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This week's webcast is the Eucharist held in memory of the fallen of both World Wars and all subsequent conflicts. The Choir sings Duruflé's masterful and moving setting of the Requiem featuring the treatment and weaving-in of traditional plainsong themes amongst his characteristic harmony.

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The Choir's new album, Magnificat, is now available to buy, download and stream. Celebrating the Evening Canticles that play a significant part in the Choir's Evensong services, it is an Editor's Choice Pick from Gramophone magazine.

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