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Advent at Merton - Magnificat antiphons by seven contemporary composers / Choir of Merton College, Oxford

Album Summary

>Martin, Matthew : Ecce concipes, for double chorus
>Blackwell, David : Lo, how a Rose e'er blooming, for chorus
>Byrd, William : Rorate caeli desuper, motet for 5 voices (SATTB)
>MacMillan, James : Advent Antiphon, for chorus
>Weir, Judith : Drop Down, Ye Heavens, from Above, for chorus
>Praetorious, Michael : Hymnum "Alvus tumescit virginis"
>Skempton, Howard : O Sapientia, for chorus (from collective Seven Advent Antiphons)
>Tavener, John : O Adonai, for chorus (from collective Seven Advent Antiphons)
>Dubra, Rihards : O Radix Jesse, for chorus (from collective Seven Advent Antiphons)
>Jackson, Gabriel : O Clavis David, for chorus (from collective Seven Advent Antiphons)
>McDowall, Cecilia : O Oriens, for chorus (from collective Seven Advent Antiphons)
>Martin, Matthew : O Rex Gentium, for chorus (from collective Seven Advent Antiphons)
>Esenvalds, Eriks : O Emmanuel, for chorus (from collective Seven Advent Antiphons)
>Heiller, Anton : Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen, for organ
>Byrd, William : Ecce Virgo concipiet, motet for 5 voices (SATTB)
>Praetorious, Michael : Musae Sioniae
>Victoria, Tomás L. de : Ave Maria, gratia plena, motet for 8 voices & organ
>MacMillan, James : O Radiant Dawn, for chorus
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Notes & Reviews:

The beginning of Advent is celebrated with particular solemnity at Merton College. For its second recording, the school's choir explores the musical riches that adorn this most special time in the church's year, centering on a newly commissioned sequence of Magnificat antiphons from seven leading composers. Founded in 2008, the new Choir of Merton College, Oxford is led by organist and full time Director of Music Benjamin Nicholas as well as Reed Rubin Director of Music Peter Philips. The choir is rapidly emerging as a major force in collegiate choral music. This disc was recorded in the beautiful environs of Merton College Chapel, which has stood at the heart of the College as a place of worship for almost 750 years.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Merton College Chapel, Oxford (04/14/2012-04/16/2012).



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>Martin, Matthew : Ecce concipes, for double chorus
  • Conductor: Benjamin Nicholas
  • Ensemble: Choir of Merton College Oxford
  • Notes: Merton College Chapel, Oxford (04/14/2012-04/16/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 2001

>Blackwell, David : Lo, how a Rose e'er blooming, for chorus
  • Conductor: Benjamin Nicholas
  • Ensemble: Choir of Merton College Oxford
  • Notes: Merton College Chapel, Oxford (04/14/2012-04/16/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas

>Byrd, William : Rorate caeli desuper, motet for 5 voices (SATTB)
  • Conductor: Peter Phillips
  • Ensemble: Choir of Merton College Oxford
  • Notes: Merton College Chapel, Oxford (04/14/2012-04/16/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1605

>MacMillan, James : Advent Antiphon, for chorus
  • Performer: Christopher Watson (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Benjamin Nicholas
  • Ensemble: Choir of Merton College Oxford
  • Notes: Merton College Chapel, Oxford (04/14/2012-04/16/2012)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas

>Weir, Judith : Drop Down, Ye Heavens, from Above, for chorus
  • Conductor: Benjamin Nicholas
  • Ensemble: Choir of Merton College Oxford
  • Notes: Merton College Chapel, Oxford (04/14/2012-04/16/2012)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas

>Praetorious, Michael : Hymnum "Alvus tumescit virginis"
  • Performer: Anna Steppler (Organ)
  • Notes: Merton College Chapel, Oxford (04/14/2012-04/16/2012)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas

>Skempton, Howard : O Sapientia, for chorus (from collective Seven Advent Antiphons)
  • Conductor: Benjamin Nicholas
  • Ensemble: Choir of Merton College Oxford
  • Notes: Merton College Chapel, Oxford (04/14/2012-04/16/2012)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas

>Tavener, John : O Adonai, for chorus (from collective Seven Advent Antiphons)
  • Conductor: Peter Phillips
  • Ensemble: Choir of Merton College Oxford
  • Notes: Merton College Chapel, Oxford (04/14/2012-04/16/2012)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 2010

>Dubra, Rihards : O Radix Jesse, for chorus (from collective Seven Advent Antiphons)
  • Conductor: Benjamin Nicholas
  • Ensemble: Choir of Merton College Oxford
  • Notes: Merton College Chapel, Oxford (04/14/2012-04/16/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas

>Jackson, Gabriel : O Clavis David, for chorus (from collective Seven Advent Antiphons)
  • Conductor: Benjamin Nicholas
  • Ensemble: Choir of Merton College Oxford
  • Notes: Merton College Chapel, Oxford (04/14/2012-04/16/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas

>McDowall, Cecilia : O Oriens, for chorus (from collective Seven Advent Antiphons)
  • Conductor: Benjamin Nicholas
  • Ensemble: Choir of Merton College Oxford
  • Notes: Merton College Chapel, Oxford (04/14/2012-04/16/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas

>Martin, Matthew : O Rex Gentium, for chorus (from collective Seven Advent Antiphons)
  • Conductor: Benjamin Nicholas
  • Ensemble: Choir of Merton College Oxford
  • Notes: Merton College Chapel, Oxford (04/14/2012-04/16/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 2011

>Esenvalds, Eriks : O Emmanuel, for chorus (from collective Seven Advent Antiphons)
  • Conductor: Benjamin Nicholas
  • Ensemble: Choir of Merton College Oxford
  • Notes: Merton College Chapel, Oxford (04/14/2012-04/16/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas

>Heiller, Anton : Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen, for organ
  • Performer: Anna Steppler (Organ)
  • Notes: Merton College Chapel, Oxford (04/14/2012-04/16/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas

>Byrd, William : Ecce Virgo concipiet, motet for 5 voices (SATTB)
  • Conductor: Peter Phillips
  • Ensemble: Choir of Merton College Oxford
  • Notes: Merton College Chapel, Oxford (04/14/2012-04/16/2012)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1605

>Praetorious, Michael : Musae Sioniae
  • Performer: Emily Tann
  • Conductor: Benjamin Nicholas
  • Ensemble: Choir of Merton College Oxford
  • Notes: Merton College Chapel, Oxford (04/14/2012-04/16/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1600

>Victoria, Tomás L. de : Ave Maria, gratia plena, motet for 8 voices & organ
  • Conductor: Peter Phillips
  • Ensemble: Choir of Merton College Oxford
  • Notes: Merton College Chapel, Oxford (04/14/2012-04/16/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1572

>MacMillan, James : O Radiant Dawn, for chorus
  • Conductor: Benjamin Nicholas
  • Ensemble: Choir of Merton College Oxford
  • Notes: Merton College Chapel, Oxford (04/14/2012-04/16/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas