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O Holy Night: A Merton Christmas


Release Date: 10/20/2017 
Label:  Delphian   Catalog #: 34192  
Composer:  John RutterElisabeth PostonFelix MendelssohnHector Berlioz,   ... 
Performer:  Sir David WillcocksAlexander LittlePeter ShepherdOliver Kelham,   ... 
Conductor:  Benjamin Nicholas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Merton College ChoirOxford Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Choir of Merton College joins forces with the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra for a recording of director Benjamin Nicholas’s favorite popular carols. Two of John Rutter’s most exquisite works are complemented by orchestral versions of well-loved traditional fare. From the ecstatic brass fanfares that introduce O come, all ye faithful and Hark! The Herald Angels Sing to the intimate performances of Elizabeth Poston’s beautiful Jesus Christ the apple tree and Morten Lauridsen’s O magnum mysterium, Christmas old and new is celebrated with a fresh sense of all its magic and glory. The choir and orchestra loved making this recording, and it shows. The Choir of Merton College is one of Oxford’s leading mixed-voice choirs and sings the Read more services, during term-time, in the thirteenth century chapel. The choir consists of thirty undergraduates and post-graduates, many of whom hold choral scholarships at Merton College. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
All bells in paradise by John Rutter
Conductor:  Benjamin Nicholas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Merton College Choir,  Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 2012 
2.
Shepherd's Pipe Carol by John Rutter
Conductor:  Benjamin Nicholas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Merton College Choir,  Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
3.
Jesus Christ the Apple Tree by Elisabeth Poston
Conductor:  Benjamin Nicholas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Merton College Choir,  Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967; England 
4.
Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Sir David Willcocks (Voice), Alexander Little (Organ)
Conductor:  Benjamin Nicholas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Merton College Choir,  Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
5.
L'enfance du Christ, Op. 25: L'adieu des bergers by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Benjamin Nicholas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Merton College Choir,  Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850-1854; France 
6.
Unto us is born a son by Traditional
Performer:  Peter Shepherd (Organ)
Conductor:  Benjamin Nicholas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Merton College Choir,  Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1582 
7.
In the bleak mid-winter by Harold Edwin Darke
Performer:  Oliver Kelham (Tenor)
Conductor:  Benjamin Nicholas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Merton College Choir,  Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; England 
8.
The Shepherd's Carol by Robert Chilcott
Conductor:  Benjamin Nicholas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Merton College Choir,  Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2000; England 
9.
I sing of a maiden by Patrick Hadley
Performer:  Peter Shepherd (Organ)
Conductor:  Benjamin Nicholas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Merton College Choir,  Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1936; England 
10.
Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber
Conductor:  Benjamin Nicholas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Merton College Choir,  Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1818; Austria 
11.
Minuit, Chrétiens "O holy night" by Adolphe Adam
Conductor:  Benjamin Nicholas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Merton College Choir,  Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
12.
It came upon the midnight clear by Richard Storrs Willis
Performer:  Sir David Willcocks (Voice), Alexander Little (Organ)
Conductor:  Benjamin Nicholas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Merton College Choir,  Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
13.
The Bird of Dawning by Robert Chilcott
Performer:  Clare Webb (Soprano)
Conductor:  Benjamin Nicholas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Merton College Choir,  Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Written: England 
14.
Away in a manger by William James Kirkpatrick
Conductor:  Benjamin Nicholas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Merton College Choir,  Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
15.
In dulci jubilo by Traditional
Conductor:  Benjamin Nicholas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Merton College Choir,  Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; Germany 
16.
What child is this? by Traditional
Performer:  Eleanor Hicks (Soprano)
Conductor:  Benjamin Nicholas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Merton College Choir,  Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
17.
O come, all ye faithful. 'Adeste fideles' by John Francis Wade
Performer:  Peter Shepherd (Organ)
Conductor:  Benjamin Nicholas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Merton College Choir,  Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
18.
O magnum mysterium by Morten Lauridsen
Conductor:  Benjamin Nicholas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Merton College Choir,  Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1994; USA 

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