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Label: Delphian

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Choral

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  • Matthew Martin (1976):
  • 1Ecce concipies02:10
  • David Blackwell (1919 - 2010):
  • 2Lo, How A Rose E're Blooming (Es ist ein Ros entsprungen) (arr. D. Blackwell)03:26
  • William Byrd (1543 - 1623):
  • 3Rorate coeli04:13
  • James MacMillan (1959):
  • 4Advent Antiphon04:13
  • Judith Weir (1954):
  • 5Drop Down, Ye Heavens, from Above01:47
  • Michael Praetorius (1571 - 1621):
  • 6Hymnus in adventu domini: Alvus tumescit virginis01:49
  • Howard Skempton (1947):
  • 77 Advent Antiphons: No. 1. O Sapientia (H. Skempton)01:24
  • John Tavener (1944 - 2013):
  • 87 Advent Antiphons: No. 2. O Adonai (J. Tavener)01:20
  • Rihards Dubra (1964):
  • 97 Advent Antiphons: No. 3. O Radix Jesse (R. Dubra)02:25
  • Gabriel Jackson (1921):
  • 107 Advent Antiphons: No. 4. O Clavis David (G. Jackson)03:36
  • Cecilia McDowall (1951):
  • 117 Advent Antiphons: No. 5. O Oriens (C. McDowall)04:26
  • Matthew Martin (1976):
  • 127 Advent Antiphons: No. 6. O Rex Gentium (M. Martin)03:45
  • Ēriks Ešenvalds (1977):
  • 137 Advent Antiphons: No. 7. O Emmanuel (E. Esenvalds)02:29
  • Anton Heiller (1923 - 1979):
  • 14Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen03:18
  • William Byrd (1923 - 1979):
  • 15Ecce virgo concipiet01:35
  • Michael Praetorius (1571 - 1621):
  • 16Es ist ein Ros entsprungen (arr. J. Sandstrom)04:29
  • Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548 - 1611):
  • 17Ave Maria04:17
  • James MacMillan (1959):
  • 18The Strathclyde Motets: O Radiant Dawn03:59
  • Total Runtime54:41

Info for Advent at Merton

The beginning of Advent is celebrated with a particular solemnity at Merton. For its second recording the college choir explores the musical riches that adorn this most special time in the church’s year, centring 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 newly appointed Organist and full-time Director of Music Benjamin Nicholas, and Reed Rubin Director of Music Peter Philips. The choir is rapidly emerging as a major force in collegiate choral music. The disc is 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.

“At the heart of this Advent service is a set of seven antiphons specially commissioned from seven composers for Merton College chapel. They work splendidly as a sequence...Peter Phillips and Benjamin Nicholas elicit high levels of technical and expressive achievement from their student charges.” (BBC Music Magazine)

“The most notable chapel choir offering [this Christmas]...All the music is radiant, all of it is unexpected, including a set of seven Advent antiphons commissioned by the chaplain...and comes from a choir that's gone from being a minor player in Oxbridge choral music to becoming one of the most exciting groups in its area” (Gramophone Magazine)

“The singing is fresh and opulent, and delivered with a clarity and precision that sits pleasingly with the resonant ambience of the recordings.” (The Scotsman)

“an absorbing programme including seven Advent Antiphons commissioned for the choir by the Revd Dr. Simon Jones … The quality of the singing throughout is very high – this is an immensely accomplished and responsive mixed-voice choir … This disc is an impressive achievement in every way … Delphian’s recorded sound is beautiful.” (International Record Review)

Anna Steppler, organ
Choir of Merton College, Oxford
Benjamin Nicholas, director
Peter Phillip, director

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