Viri Galilaei

Record and Artist Details

Composer or Director: Charles Warren, (Charles) Hubert (Hastings) Parry, Edward Elgar, William Byrd, Roger Quilter, Thomas Tallis, William Harris, Gerald (Raphael) Finzi, Jonathan Dove, John Rutter, Patrick Gowers, Thomas Morley

Genre:

Vocal

Label: Delphian

Media Format: CD or Download

Mastering:

DDD

Catalogue Number: DCD34174

DCD34174. Viri Galilaei

Tracks:

Composition Artist Credit
Blest pair of Sirens Charles Warren Composer
(Charles) Hubert (Hastings) Parry Composer
Choir of Merton College, Oxford
Benjamin Nicholas
Peter Shepherd
Peter Phillips
Give unto the Lord Peter Shepherd
Edward Elgar Composer
Choir of Merton College, Oxford
Benjamin Nicholas
Charles Warren Composer
Peter Phillips
Diliges Dominum William Byrd Composer
Choir of Merton College, Oxford
Benjamin Nicholas
Peter Phillips
Charles Warren Composer
Peter Shepherd
Lead us, heavenly Father Charles Warren Composer
Peter Phillips
Choir of Merton College, Oxford
Peter Shepherd
Roger Quilter Composer
Benjamin Nicholas
O nata lux de lumine Peter Phillips
Choir of Merton College, Oxford
Charles Warren Composer
Thomas Tallis Composer
Benjamin Nicholas
Peter Shepherd
Ave verum corpus William Byrd Composer
Choir of Merton College, Oxford
Benjamin Nicholas
Charles Warren Composer
Peter Phillips
Peter Shepherd
Faire is the heaven Peter Phillips
Charles Warren Composer
William Harris Composer
Benjamin Nicholas
Choir of Merton College, Oxford
Peter Shepherd
Lo, the full, final sacrifice Peter Shepherd
Charles Warren Composer
Peter Phillips
Benjamin Nicholas
Choir of Merton College, Oxford
Gerald (Raphael) Finzi Composer
Te Deum Charles Warren Composer
Peter Phillips
Peter Shepherd
Jonathan Dove Composer
Benjamin Nicholas
Choir of Merton College, Oxford
(The) Lord bless you and keep you John Rutter Composer
Peter Shepherd
Charles Warren Composer
Peter Phillips
Choir of Merton College, Oxford
Benjamin Nicholas
Viri Galilaei Peter Phillips
Patrick Gowers Composer
Peter Shepherd
Benjamin Nicholas
Charles Warren Composer
Choir of Merton College, Oxford
Nolo mortem peccatoris Choir of Merton College, Oxford
Charles Warren Composer
Thomas Morley Composer
Benjamin Nicholas
Peter Shepherd
Peter Phillips
If ye love me Thomas Tallis Composer
Charles Warren Composer
Benjamin Nicholas
Peter Phillips
Choir of Merton College, Oxford
Peter Shepherd
Bucking the trend of their recent Delphian discs, this latest offering from the Merton College Choir abandons a thematic programme for a selection of ‘Favourite Anthems’.

Whose favourites? Well, by a happy coincidence, mine. But, more importantly, they are clearly favourites of the two conductors who bring to these performances a warm-hearted fondness which is as indefinable as it is apparent. Peter Phillips naturally shows great stylistic sympathy for Morley, Byrd and Tallis, and If ye love me is performed here with deliciously expansive melodic fluidity.

Benjamin Nicholas directs compelling performances of the more modern items on the disc, including Jonathan Dove’s scintillating Te Deum and the title-work by Patrick Gowers, with its captivating double organ accompaniment, masterfully handled by Charles Warren and Peter Shepherd. At times Nicholas’s enthusiasm results in a slight loosening of the reins (as in Elgar’s Give unto the Lord), which causes a certain blurring of the textural edges, but these perceptive performances lack for nothing in their interpretative conviction.

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 glass-like transparency. If there is a flaw, it’s in the slightly over-rich tone which, in Rutter’s The Lord bless you, compromises the essential purity of this exquisite little gem.

Even if not every item is a personal favourite, this is a lovely collection of good music, well performed, beautifully sung and exquisitely recorded. Who could ask for anything more?

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