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Viri Galilaei: Favourite Anthems from Merton - works by Tallis, Elgar, Morley, Rutter, Parry, Byrd, Quilter, Finzi et al. / Choir of Merton College, Oxford; Peter Shepherd, organ

Album Summary

>Dove, Jonathan : Te Deum, for chorus & organ
>Tallis, Thomas : If ye love me
>Elgar, Edward : Give unto the Lord, Op. 74
>Morley, Thomas [Composer] : Nolo mortem peccatoris, anthem for 4 voices
>Rutter, John : Lord bless you and keep you
>Parry, Charles H. : Blest Pair of Sirens for chorus & orchestra
>Byrd, William : Diliges Dominum, motet for 8 voices (SSAATTBB)
>Quilter, Roger [Composer] : Lead Us, Heavenly Father, for chorus & organ
>Tallis, Thomas : In manus tuas
>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Lo, the Full Final Sacrifice, for chorus & organ (or orchestra), Op. 26
>Harris, William H. : Faire Is the Heaven, for chorus
>Byrd, William : Ave verum corpus
>Gowers, Patrick : Viri Galilaei, for chorus & organ
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Now firmly established amongst Oxbridge's finest choral foundations and at the same time certainly its youngest, the Choir of Merton College can be relied upon to present a selection of favourite anthems which similarly combines fresh inspiration with timeless musical values. The choir's fifth Delphian recording in five years again showcases the talents of its joint directors Benjamin Nicholas and Peter Phillips, with Phillips' love of polyphony complemented by Nicholas's flair and commitment in some of the twentieth century's major choral works. Bookending these 'favourites' are Patrick Gowers' now iconic Ascension Day anthem Viri Galilaei and Jonathan Dove's newly minted Te Deum, commissioned by Merton College as part of the Merton Choirbook - the largest series of commissions of its kind in modern times, created in celebration of the College's 750th anniversary.

Gramophone Magazine, April 2016
The Merton choir's singing is notable for its clarity. The polyphonic lines of Byrd's Diliges Dominum, the antiphonal effects of Harris's classic Faire is the heaven and even the dense textures of Parry's Blest pair of sirens have about them an almost class-like transparency... this is a lovely collection of good music, well performed, beautifully sung and exquisitely recorded. Who could ask for anything more?

MusicWeb International, June 2016

MusicWeb International, June 2016
With some ensembles, orchestras and choirs one very soon runs out of superlatives. The Merton College Choir, though but recently founded, and their association with the Delphian label, offers one such case.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The chapel of Merton College, Oxford, England (06/28/2015-06/30/2015).



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Works Details

>Dove, Jonathan : Te Deum, for chorus & organ
  • Performers: Francis Shepherd (Treble); Peter Shepherd (Organ)
  • Conductor: Benjamin Nicholas
  • Ensemble: Choir of Merton College, Oxford
  • Notes: The chapel of Merton College, Oxford, England (06/28/2015-06/30/2015)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2014

>Tallis, Thomas : If ye love me
  • Conductor: Peter Phillips
  • Ensemble: Choir of Merton College, Oxford
  • Notes: The chapel of Merton College, Oxford, England (06/28/2015-06/30/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1565

>Elgar, Edward : Give unto the Lord, Op. 74
  • Performer: Charles Warren (Organ)
  • Conductor: Benjamin Nicholas
  • Notes: The chapel of Merton College, Oxford, England (06/28/2015-06/30/2015)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914

>Morley, Thomas [Composer] : Nolo mortem peccatoris, anthem for 4 voices
  • Conductor: Peter Phillips
  • Notes: The chapel of Merton College, Oxford, England (06/28/2015-06/30/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Rutter, John : Lord bless you and keep you
  • Performer: Charles Warren (Organ)
  • Conductor: Benjamin Nicholas
  • Notes: The chapel of Merton College, Oxford, England (06/28/2015-06/30/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1981

>Parry, Charles H. : Blest Pair of Sirens for chorus & orchestra
  • Performer: Peter Shepherd (Organ)
  • Conductor: Benjamin Nicholas
  • Notes: The chapel of Merton College, Oxford, England (06/28/2015-06/30/2015)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Byrd, William : Diliges Dominum, motet for 8 voices (SSAATTBB)
  • Conductor: Benjamin Nicholas
  • Notes: The chapel of Merton College, Oxford, England (06/28/2015-06/30/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1575

>Quilter, Roger [Composer] : Lead Us, Heavenly Father, for chorus & organ
  • Performers: Oliver Kelham; Peter Shepherd (Organ)
  • Conductor: Benjamin Nicholas
  • Notes: The chapel of Merton College, Oxford, England (06/28/2015-06/30/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Tallis, Thomas : In manus tuas
  • Conductor: Peter Phillips
  • Notes: The chapel of Merton College, Oxford, England (06/28/2015-06/30/2015)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1575

>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Lo, the Full Final Sacrifice, for chorus & organ (or orchestra), Op. 26
  • Performers: Thomas Herring; Francis Shepherd (Treble); Charles Warren (Organ)
  • Conductor: Benjamin Nicholas
  • Notes: The chapel of Merton College, Oxford, England (06/28/2015-06/30/2015)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1946

>Harris, William H. : Faire Is the Heaven, for chorus
  • Conductor: Benjamin Nicholas
  • Notes: The chapel of Merton College, Oxford, England (06/28/2015-06/30/2015)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1925

>Byrd, William : Ave verum corpus :: "O Lord, God of Israel"), motet for 4 voices (SATB)
  • Conductor: Peter Phillips
  • Notes: The chapel of Merton College, Oxford, England (06/28/2015-06/30/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1605

>Gowers, Patrick : Viri Galilaei, for chorus & organ
  • Performers: Peter Shepherd (Organ); Charles Warren (Organ)
  • Conductor: Benjamin Nicholas
  • Notes: The chapel of Merton College, Oxford, England (06/28/2015-06/30/2015)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary