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Advent At Merton / Phillips, Nicholas, Choir of Merton College, Oxford

Phillips / Choir Of Merton College / Nicholas
Release Date: 10/08/2013 
Label:  Delphian   Catalog #: 34122   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Matthew MartinDavid BlackwellWilliam ByrdJames MacMillan,   ... 
Performer:  Christopher WatsonAnna StepplerEmily Tann
Conductor:  Benjamin NicholasPeter Phillips
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Merton College Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 56 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"...The excellent mixed-voice Choir of Merton College, Oxford has been heading fast up the ranks of collegiate choirs since the appointment of Benjamin Nicholas as director of music in 2008, and the close involvement of Peter Phillips (of Tallis Scholars fame), both of whom are conducting here...The fresh, well-blended voices show vitality and drill, but the basses, in particular, bloom beautifully in James MacMillan's Advent Antiphon and John Tavener's O Adonai." - Fiona Maddocks, The Observer "...The excellent mixed-voice Choir of Merton College, Oxford has been heading fast up the ranks of collegiate choirs since the appointment of Benjamin Nicholas as director of music in 2008, and the close involvement of Peter Phillips (of Tallis Scholars fame), both of whom are conducting here...The fresh, well-blended voices show vitality and drill, but the basses, in particular, bloom beautifully in James MacMillan's Advent Antiphon and John Tavener's O Adonai." - Fiona Maddocks, The Observer Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Ecce concipes, for chorus by Matthew Martin
Conductor:  Benjamin Nicholas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Merton College Choir
Venue:  Merton College Chapel, Oxford 
Length: 2 Minutes 10 Secs. 
2.
Lo, how a Rose e'er blooming, for chorus by David Blackwell
Conductor:  Benjamin Nicholas
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  Merton College Chapel, Oxford 
Length: 3 Minutes 26 Secs. 
3.
Gradualia, Volume 1: Part 1 - Rorate coeli by William Byrd
Conductor:  Peter Phillips
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1605; England 
Venue:  Merton College Chapel, Oxford 
Length: 4 Minutes 13 Secs. 
4.
Advent Antiphon, for chorus by James MacMillan
Performer:  Christopher Watson ()
Conductor:  Benjamin Nicholas
Venue:  Merton College Chapel, Oxford 
Length: 5 Minutes 40 Secs. 
5.
Drop down, ye heavens, from above by Judith Weir
Conductor:  Benjamin Nicholas
Venue:  Merton College Chapel, Oxford 
Length: 1 Minutes 47 Secs. 
6.
Hymnum "Alvus tumescit virginis" by Michael Praetorius
Performer:  Anna Steppler (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Merton College Chapel, Oxford 
Length: 1 Minutes 49 Secs. 
7.
O Sapientia, for chorus (from collective Seven Advent Antiphons) by Howard Skempton
Conductor:  Benjamin Nicholas
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  Merton College Chapel, Oxford 
Length: 1 Minutes 23 Secs. 
8.
O Adonai, for chorus (from collective Seven Advent Antiphons) by John Tavener
Conductor:  Peter Phillips
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2010 
Venue:  Merton College Chapel, Oxford 
Length: 1 Minutes 20 Secs. 
9.
O Radix Jesse, for chorus (from collective Seven Advent Antiphons) by Rihards Dubra
Conductor:  Benjamin Nicholas
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  Merton College Chapel, Oxford 
Length: 2 Minutes 25 Secs. 
10.
O Clavis David, for chorus (from collective Seven Advent Antiphons) by Gabriel Jackson
Conductor:  Benjamin Nicholas
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  Merton College Chapel, Oxford 
Length: 3 Minutes 36 Secs. 
11.
O Oriens, for chorus (from collective Seven Advent Antiphons) by Cecilia McDowell
Conductor:  Benjamin Nicholas
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  Merton College Chapel, Oxford 
Length: 4 Minutes 26 Secs. 
12.
O Rex Gentium, for chorus (from collective Seven Advent Antiphons) by Matthew Martin
Conductor:  Benjamin Nicholas
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2011 
Venue:  Merton College Chapel, Oxford 
Length: 3 Minutes 45 Secs. 
13.
O Emmanuel, for chorus (from collective Seven Advent Antiphons) by Eriks Esenvalds
Conductor:  Benjamin Nicholas
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  Merton College Chapel, Oxford 
Length: 2 Minutes 29 Secs. 
14.
Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen, for organ by Anton Heiller
Performer:  Anna Steppler (Organ)
Period: Modern 
Venue:  Merton College Chapel, Oxford 
Length: 3 Minutes 18 Secs. 
15.
Ecce Virgo by William Byrd
Conductor:  Peter Phillips
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1605 
Venue:  Merton College Chapel, Oxford 
Length: 1 Minutes 35 Secs. 
16.
Musae Sioniae: Es ist ein' Ros' entsprungen by Michael Praetorius
Performer:  Emily Tann ()
Conductor:  Benjamin Nicholas
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1609; Germany 
Venue:  Merton College Chapel, Oxford 
Length: 4 Minutes 29 Secs. 
17.
O Radiant Dawn, for chorus by James MacMillan
Conductor:  Benjamin Nicholas
Period: 21st Century 
Venue:  Merton College Chapel, Oxford 
Length: 3 Minutes 59 Secs. 
18.
Ave Maria, gratia plena, motet for 8 voices & organ by Tomás L. de Victoria
Conductor:  Peter Phillips
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1572; Spain 
Venue:  Merton College Chapel, Oxford 
Length: 4 Minutes 17 Secs. 
19.
O Oriens by Cecilia McDowall

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