The Marian Collection

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The Marian Collection



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24th Nov 2014




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The Marian Collection


Salve Regina


Ave Maria (1861), WAB 6


Salve regina

Jackson, Gabriel:

I say that we are wound with mercy

premiere recording


Regina caeli

premiere recording

Martin, M:

Salve sedes sapientiae




Antiphon: Alma Redemptoris Mater

Parsons, R:

Ave Maria


Ave Maria


Alma Redemptoris mater

premiere recording


Mother Of God, Here I Stand

Two Hymns to the Mother of God


Ave Regina caelorum

premiere recording


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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. 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....

Judith Weir: Ave Regina Caelorum

Ave Regina Caelorum

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina: Alma Redemptoris Mater

Alma Redemptoris Mater

John Tavener: Mother Of God, Here I Stand

Mother Of God, Here I Stand

Kerry Andrew: Salve Regina

Salve Regina

John Nesbett: Magnificat


Hannah Kendall: Regina Caeli

Regina Caeli

William Byrd: Salve Regina

Salve Regina

Igor Stravinsky: Ave Maria

Ave Maria

Dobrinka Tabakova: Alma Redemptoris Mater

Alma Redemptoris Mater

Gabriel Jackson: I Say That We Are Wound With Mercy

I Say That We Are Wound With Mercy

Robert Parsons: Ave Maria

Ave Maria

John Tavener: A Hymn To The Mother Of God

A Hymn To The Mother Of God

John Tavener: Hymn For The Dormition Of The Mother Of God

Hymn For The Dormition Of The Mother Of God

Matthew Martin: Salve Sedes Sapientiae

Salve Sedes Sapientiae

Anton Bruckner: Ave Maria

Ave Maria

Sunday Times

14th December 2014

“this arresting sequence is of old and new representations of the Virgin. Judith Weir’s vigorous, beautifully fresh Ave Regina caelorum is the first of four such Marian antiphons commissioned from women, the others being Kerry Andrew, Hannah Kendall and Dobrinka Tabakova, the results all striking.”

The Scotsman

29th January 2015


“Delphian scores yet another choral hit with this exceptional and fascinating collection themed around musical representations of the Virgin Mary. And once again, Merton College Choir is the immaculate vehicle for performances that encompass the old and the new.”

Early Music Review

February 2015

“The Delphian engineers capture superbly this excellent choir in its home chapel and one of the main delights of the programme is precisely the engaging mix of early and contemporary music.”

MusicWeb International

12th February 2015

“Benjamin Nicholas and Peter Phillips have done a marvellous job in training these young singers to such a consistently high standard...As for the sound, it seems to me that engineer Paul Baxter definitely has the measure of the wonderful acoustic of the Merton chapel and this recording is beyond reproach.”

Choir & Organ

March/April 2015

“[a] fascinating and finely executed collection of anthems and motets…The 35-strong mixed voice choir possess perfect intonation and blend…this is not a disc to be missed.”

BBC Music Magazine

Awards Issue 2015


“the jutting vocal fanfares of [Weir's] Ave Regina caelorum set a brightly celebratory atmosphere at the disc's beginning...The seven-part writing of Hannah Kendall's numinous Regina caeli is lucidly balanced out by the singers...Of the other works the glowing Magnificat of 15th-century composer John Nesbitt is particularly notable, bringing gleaming work from the sopranos in particular.”

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