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Lumen de lumine – Oriel College Choir (OXCD-139)

directed by David Maw


OXCD-139

1. Come thou long-expected Jesus (Stainer arr. David Maw)
2. I waited for the Lord (Felix Mendelssohn)
3. A tender shoot (Otto Goldschmidt)
4. The Holly and the Ivy (arr. Maw)
5. Rhapsodie sur des Noëls [organ] (Eugène Gigout)
6. Ding dong! Merrily on high (arr. Sir David Willcocks)
7. God rest ye merry, gentlemen (arr. Kenneth Hesketh)
8. Adeste fideles (J F Wade arr. Vincent Novello)
9. From heaven above came Angels [organ] (Marcel Dupré)
10. I saw three ships (arr. Maw)
11. O magnum mysterium (Tomás Luis de Victoria)
12. Noël étranger [organ] (Louis-Claude Daquin)
13. Omnes de Saba (Orlando di Lasso)
14. Past three o’clock (arr. Sir Charles Wood)
15. Noël landais [organ] (Ermend Bonnal)
16. Tribus miraculis (Luca Marenzio)
17. Sing lullaby (arr. Willcocks)
18. Herr Gott, nun schleuß, BWV 617 [organ] (J S Bach)
19. Oriel Magnificat (Judith Bingham)
20. Canticum Simeonis (František Tůma)
21. Senex puerum portabat (William Byrd)
22. Hail, gladdening light! (Sir Charles Wood)
23. Lumen ad revelationem, Op 48 No 6 [organ] (Dupré)

 


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Oriel College Choir is a mixed-voice ensemble of between 25 and 30 undergraduates. As is well exemplified by this disc, its repertory is drawn from the full range of music appropriate for use in Anglican choral worship: Mass music and motets from the sixteenth century to canticle settings and anthems from the twenty-first. Previous CD titles may be viewed here.

Oriel College Choir
CMQ Dec 2018: The mixed-voice undergraduate choir sings with good intonation, clear textures and a nice sence of direction. The CD may lack any single standout feature on which to hang a recommendation, but the varied juxtapositions of idioms and textures organized within the structure of the church year provide an enjoyable sequence of contrasting items.

ORGANISTS' REVIEW (Mar 2019): The music on this CD also comes from the liturgical seasons of Advent, Christmas, Epiphany and Candlemas. It is filled with familiar music and new arrangements/compositions to traditional words. The CD is well recorded and certainly illuminates the choir and organist of Oriel College who on the album have decamped to Keble College Chapel with its Tickell- Ruffatti organ. The arrangements featured on this disc take well known carols to different levels and if you’re looking for a set of Christmas season choral pieces with some new arrangements as well as traditional ones, then this is a contender. Also included in the programme
are six organ solos played by the Director of Music – David Maw. I particularly enjoyed these and the organ at Keble is an exciting instrument with a great gamut of tone colour. It was interesting to note how it is a good all-rounder, fi nding its feet in accompanying the choir as well as taking the lead in the solos. David Maw has also included two of his own tricky and entrancing arrangements of traditional carols: The Holly and the Ivy and I saw three ships. I found I waited for the Lord, O magnum mysterium and
Past three o’clock particularly pleasing.

Release now available for download (December 2020)

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