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In the Beginning / Benjamin Nicholas, Peter Phillips

Audio Samples

>Jackson, Gabriel : In the Beginning was the Word, for chorus
>Gombert, Nicolas : Lugebat David Absalon, motet for 8 voices
>Weelkes, Thomas : When David heard
>Whitacre, Eric : When David Heard
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Nunc dimittis
>Holst, Gustav : Nunc Dimittis, for chorus, H. 127
>Lukaszewski, Pawel : Nunc dimittis, for chorus
>Copland, Aaron : In the Beginning

Album Summary

>Jackson, Gabriel : In the Beginning was the Word, for chorus
>Gombert, Nicolas : Lugebat David Absalon, motet for 8 voices
>Weelkes, Thomas : When David heard
>Whitacre, Eric : When David Heard
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Nunc dimittis
>Holst, Gustav : Nunc Dimittis, for chorus, H. 127
>Lukaszewski, Pawel : Nunc dimittis, for chorus
>Copland, Aaron : In the Beginning
Performers Conductors Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Founded as recently as 2008, the new Choir of Merton College, Oxford is rapidly emerging as a major force in collegiate choral music. On this, their debut recording, the choir's two directors helm a diverse program that reflects the range and reach of the choir's daily repertoire. Bookended by two pieces titled In the Beginning Gabriel Jackson's ravishing version of the rarely-set Johannine Prologue, Copland's glowing account of the first seven days of creation - this disc offers a themed sequence of Renaissance and modern classics, all captured in sumptuous sound in the radiant acoustics of Merton's famous chapel.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Merton College Chapel, Oxford (04/25/2011-04/26/2011).



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Works Details

>Jackson, Gabriel : In the Beginning was the Word, for chorus
  • Performers: Guy Cutting (Treble); Beth Mackay; Emily Tann
  • Conductor: Peter Phillips
  • Ensemble: Choir of Merton College, Oxford
  • Notes: Merton College Chapel, Oxford (04/25/2011-04/26/2011)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Gombert, Nicolas : Lugebat David Absalon, motet for 8 voices
  • Performer: Beth Mackay
  • Notes: Merton College Chapel, Oxford (04/25/2011-04/26/2011)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Weelkes, Thomas : When David heard
  • Performer: Beth Mackay
  • Notes: Merton College Chapel, Oxford (04/25/2011-04/26/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Whitacre, Eric : When David Heard
  • Performers: Guy Cutting (Treble); Beth Mackay
  • Notes: Merton College Chapel, Oxford (04/25/2011-04/26/2011)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1999

>Palestrina, Giovanni : Nunc dimittis
  • Performer: Beth Mackay
  • Notes: Merton College Chapel, Oxford (04/25/2011-04/26/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Holst, Gustav : Nunc Dimittis, for chorus, H. 127
  • Performers: Beth Mackay; Mothusi Turner; Jenny Cearns
  • Notes: Merton College Chapel, Oxford (04/25/2011-04/26/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1915

>Lukaszewski, Pawel : Nunc dimittis, for chorus
  • Performers: Beth Mackay; James Williams; Timothy Coleman; Rachel Ryan
  • Notes: Merton College Chapel, Oxford (04/25/2011-04/26/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Copland, Aaron : In the Beginning
  • Performer: Beth Mackay
  • Notes: Merton College Chapel, Oxford (04/25/2011-04/26/2011)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1947