"This graceful, reflective work adorned with deft, Baroque flourishes, has already been recorded by the Canterbury Chamber Choir with Rachel Nicholls as soloist, conductor George Vass (Dutton CDLX7146) and their assured singing radiated with the confidence of a team with this elegant choral piece in their blood."
"Her setting of the Magnificat is quite splendid, in that it 'grows' in intensity as the text progresses; by the time of the concluding chorus, Deposuit potentes, a genuine sense of exultation (without exaggeration) has been achieved."
International Record Review, 2005
"McDowall is inordinately good at writing for specific combinations of instruments and here she serves the choir particularly well in a work that has her hallmarks of a rich tonal palette and melodic motifs that never stifle. Her harmonies are contemporary and here they seem to hark back in an ingenious way to plainchant."
Ham and High 2003
"[This]comes highly recommended for choral societies looking for something a bit different that isn't the Mozart Requiem but won't scare off the audience. It's an uplifting and interesting setting. The choral parts present no technical difficulty; the textures are fresh, harmonically uncomplicated and with an admiral balance between contrapuntal and homophonic writing - clearly rewarding to prepare and perform. The soloists are presented with more challenging material and an appealing and imaginative duet, Fecit potentiam, with fearless dissonances."
Choir & Organ 2009