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The Merton Collection - Merton College At 750

Dunstaple / Part / Williams / Nicholas / Phillips
Release Date: 12/10/2013 
Label:  Delphian   Catalog #: 34134   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  John SheppardArvo PärtWilliam ByrdOrlando Gibbons,   ... 
Performer:  Francis ShepherdAnna StepplerPolly [Soprano Vocal] GambleEmily Tann
Conductor:  Peter PhillipsBenjamin Nicholas
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In 2014, Merton College in Oxford celebrates its 750th year. Benjamin Nicholas and Peter Phillips’ specially conceived programme journeys through three quarters of a millennium of choral repertoire. Not just a demonstration of this accomplished ensemble’s versatility, the recording also provides a bird’s-eye view of some important moments in musical history, and features two composers – John Dunstaple and Lennox Berkeley – associated with the College as well as three works specially commissioned for the anniversary celebrations. The choir, a relatively recent addition to this illustrious college’s complement of treasures, gives stylish and committed performances in the famous acoustic of Merton’s chapel. ' In 2014, Merton College in Oxford celebrates its 750th year. Benjamin Nicholas and Peter Phillips’ specially conceived programme journeys through three quarters of a millennium of choral repertoire. Not just a demonstration of this accomplished ensemble’s versatility, the recording also provides a bird’s-eye view of some important moments in musical history, and features two composers – John Dunstaple and Lennox Berkeley – associated with the College as well as three works specially commissioned for the anniversary celebrations. The choir, a relatively recent addition to this illustrious college’s complement of treasures, gives stylish and committed performances in the famous acoustic of Merton’s chapel. ' Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Libera nos, salva nos no 1 by John Sheppard
Performer:  Francis Shepherd (Cantor), Anna Steppler (Organ)
Conductor:  Peter Phillips
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Venue:  Chapel of Merton College, Oxford 
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs. 
2.
The Woman with the Alabaster Box by Arvo Pärt
Performer:  Anna Steppler (Organ)
Conductor:  Benjamin Nicholas
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1997 
Venue:  Chapel of Merton College, Oxford 
Length: 5 Minutes 19 Secs. 
3.
Praise the Lord, all ye Gentiles, anthem for 6 voices (SSATTB) by William Byrd
Performer:  Anna Steppler (Organ)
Conductor:  Peter Phillips
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Chapel of Merton College, Oxford 
Length: 2 Minutes 45 Secs. 
4.
This is the record of John by Orlando Gibbons
Performer:  Anna Steppler (Organ)
Conductor:  Benjamin Nicholas,  Peter Phillips
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 17th Century; England 
Venue:  Chapel of Merton College, Oxford 
Length: 4 Minutes 9 Secs. 
5.
Latin Motets (3), for 5 voices, Op. 83/1: Veni sponsa Christi by Lennox Berkeley
Performer:  Anna Steppler (Organ)
Conductor:  Benjamin Nicholas
Period: Modern 
Written: 1972 
Venue:  Chapel of Merton College, Oxford 
Length: 2 Minutes 44 Secs. 
6.
Hear my prayer, O Lord, Z 15 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Anna Steppler (Organ)
Conductor:  Peter Phillips
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1680-1682; England 
Venue:  Chapel of Merton College, Oxford 
Length: 2 Minutes 14 Secs. 
7.
Remember not, Lord, our offences, Z 50 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Anna Steppler (Organ)
Conductor:  Benjamin Nicholas
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1680-1682; England 
Venue:  Chapel of Merton College, Oxford 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
8.
Valiant for truth by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Anna Steppler (Organ)
Conductor:  Benjamin Nicholas
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; England 
Venue:  Chapel of Merton College, Oxford 
Length: 5 Minutes 14 Secs. 
9.
Magnificat by William Mundy
Performer:  Anna Steppler (Organ)
Conductor:  Peter Phillips
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Venue:  Chapel of Merton College, Oxford 
Length: 5 Minutes 27 Secs. 
10.
Nunc dimittis by William Mundy
Performer:  Anna Steppler (Organ)
Conductor:  Peter Phillips
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Chapel of Merton College, Oxford 
Length: 2 Minutes 39 Secs. 
11.
Lord, let me know mine end by Maurice Greene
Performer:  Polly [Soprano Vocal] Gamble (), Anna Steppler (Organ), Emily Tann ()
Conductor:  Benjamin Nicholas,  Peter Phillips
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1743; England 
Venue:  Chapel of Merton College, Oxford 
Length: 6 Minutes 9 Secs. 
12.
Magnificat, for alto, chorus, & organ by Eriks Esenvalds
Performer:  Anna Steppler (Organ)
Conductor:  Benjamin Nicholas
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  Chapel of Merton College, Oxford 
Length: 3 Minutes 54 Secs. 
13.
Nunc dimittis, for alto, chorus, & organ by Eriks Esenvalds
Performer:  Anna Steppler (Organ)
Conductor:  Benjamin Nicholas
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  Chapel of Merton College, Oxford 
Length: 2 Minutes 55 Secs. 
14.
Beati quorum via, for chorus by James Lavino
Performer:  Anna Steppler (Organ)
Conductor:  Benjamin Nicholas
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  Chapel of Merton College, Oxford 
Length: 3 Minutes 36 Secs. 
15.
Sacred Origins, for chorus & organ by Ola Gjeilo
Performer:  Anna Steppler (Organ)
Conductor:  Benjamin Nicholas
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  Chapel of Merton College, Oxford 
Length: 4 Minutes 26 Secs. 
16.
Veni Sancte Spiritus à 4, MB 32 by John Dunstable
Performer:  Anna Steppler (Organ)
Conductor:  Peter Phillips
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; England 
Venue:  Chapel of Merton College, Oxford 
Length: 5 Minutes 7 Secs. 
17.
Songs of Farewell (6) for chorus: No. 4, There is an old belief by Charles H. Parry
Performer:  Anna Steppler (Organ)
Conductor:  Benjamin Nicholas
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Chapel of Merton College, Oxford 
Length: 4 Minutes 54 Secs. 
18.
Justorum Animae, motet for chorus, Op. 38/1 by Charles Villiers Stanford
Performer:  Anna Steppler (Organ)
Conductor:  Benjamin Nicholas
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1888; United Kingdom 
Venue:  Chapel of Merton College, Oxford 
Length: 3 Minutes 19 Secs. 
19.
Beati quorum via, motet for chorus, Op. 38/3 by Charles Villiers Stanford
Performer:  Anna Steppler (Organ)
Conductor:  Benjamin Nicholas
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: ?1890; United Kingdom 
Venue:  Chapel of Merton College, Oxford 
Length: 3 Minutes 34 Secs. 

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