The Marian Collection | Delphian DCD34144

The Marian Collection


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Label: Delphian

Cat No: DCD34144

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 24th November 2014



This is the fourth and final themed recording in a series that has confirmed Merton’s new choral foundation as one of the UK’s leading collegiate choirs.

Benjamin Nicholas again draws from the landmark collection of more than 55 works written in celebration of the College’s 750th anniversary.

Here, a new work by Judith Weir (newly appointed Master of the Queen’s Music) heads a set of the four Marian antiphons, all specially commissioned from women composers, while two further premiere recordings represent the work of regular Merton collaborators Gabriel Jackson and Matthew Martin. The works by Hannah Kendall, Dobrinka Tabakova and Kerry Andrew are also premiere recordings.

At the other end of the chronological spectrum, Peter Phillips’ expert direction of Byrd’s rarely performed 'Salve Regina', a bold statement of Catholic faith from Reformation England, and of John Nesbett’s late 15th-century 'Magnificat', a piece whose neglect on disc is astonishing, completes this portrait in sound of a woman who – as characterised in Alexandra Coghlan’s illuminating booklet essay – is at once virgin and mother, human and God-bearer, suppliant and Queen of Heaven.

What a choir!

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