History of this work
Op.90 No.2 "Evening Service in E minor" was written in 1933 for the Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge, where the composer had been director of music for 32 years. "Rootham in E minor" became popular and was widely sung by college and cathedral choirs.
As an aside: Op.90 No.1 "Morning Service in E minor" was written in the same year, and consists of a setting of the Benedictus and Te Deum. Both the Morning Service and the Evening Service were originally published in 1934 by The Faith Press.
The sheet music for this Op.90 No.2 Evening Service is available from Cathedral Music as a facsimile of the original Faith Press edition under catalogue ref CM 501: Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis in E minor.
We are currently typesetting the Op.90 No.1 Morning Service and hope to publish it towards the end of 2019.
Recording to download
Don't miss the chance to hear the 1965 Denys Pouncey recording with the choir of Wells Cathedral in a full hi-fi version.
The recording is on a mammoth 5-CD box set "The Treasury of English Church Music", originally published on LP by EMI. With the extra bonus tracks added for the transfer to CD, this wonderful music runs to nearly six hours.
You can buy the 5-CD box set, download the entire album, or download just the tracks for CBR's Op.90 "Evening Service in E minor" from Presto Classical in FLAC (lossless) or MP3 format:
• Cyril Rootham Op.90 "Evening Service in E minor"
A recent recording from St John's College
In 2017 the Choir of St John's College, Cambridge, made a webcast of Rootham's Op.90 Evening Service in E minor. Listening and comparing the two recordings provides a fascinating example of how choral techniques and interpretation change over the years: Wells Cathedral from 1965 and St John's College from 2017.