The Pillar of the Cloud: 5 Centuries of Oxford Anthems The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford & Mark Williams

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Album-Release:
2019

HRA-Release:
21.06.2019

Label: Opus Arte

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Choral

Album including Album cover Booklet (PDF)

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  • John Stainer (1840 - 1901):
  • 1Lead, Kindly Light (Arr. for Mixed Chorus & Organ)09:35
  • John Sheppard (1515 - 1558):
  • 2The Lord's Prayer04:12
  • John Taverner (1490 - 1545):
  • 3Christe Jesu, Pastor Bone03:02
  • Kenneth Leighton (1929 - 1988):
  • 4Let All the World in Every Corner Sing03:50
  • Edmund Rubbra (1901 - 1986):
  • 53 Motets, Op. 76: No. 2, There Is a Spirit05:22
  • Bernard Rose (1916 - 1996):
  • 6Lord, I Have Loved the Habitation of Thy House02:26
  • Richard Nicholson (1563 - 1638):
  • 7O Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem02:14
  • Lennox Berkeley (1903 - 1989):
  • 8A Festival Anthem, Op. 21 No. 2: No. 2, O That I Once Past Changing Were04:25
  • Sir Charles Hubert Parry (1848 - 1918):
  • 9Crossing the Bar02:47
  • Thomas Weelkes (1576 - 1623):
  • 10When David Heard04:19
  • Thomas Tomkins (1572 - 1656):
  • 11Almighty God, the Fountain of All Wisdom05:44
  • Basil Harwood (1859 - 1949):
  • 12O How Glorious Is the Kingdom (Arr. P. W. J. Stopford for Mixed Chorus & Organ)06:16
  • Sir William Walton (1902 - 1983):
  • 13A Litany (First Version)03:19
  • William Henry Harris (1883 - 1973):
  • 14Bring Us, O Lord God03:40
  • Total Runtime01:01:11

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In this first commercial recording under new Informator Choristarum Mark Williams, the Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford bring their beautiful sound to 14 glorious anthems composed by great composers associated with the city of Oxford. Featuring stunning a cappella work, as well as accompanied singing, the music transports us to the iconic spires of the city, pointing us towards the clouds with beautiful harmonies – restarting the longstanding relationship between the choir and Opus Arte.

“…an hour of listening that is both of the moment and utterly timeless.” (The Independent)

“The interpretations are forthright and plangent, the young soloists spirited…” (The Times)

The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford
Mark Williams, direction



The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford
The Choir of men and boys is one of the three foundation choirs within the University of Oxford, although most other colleges now have their own choirs. The College was founded in 1458, and in the statutes, provision was made for the eight singing-men, four chaplains and sixteen choristers of Magdalen College Choir. More recently, an additional four singing men (Academical Clerks) and two Organ Scholars were added to the complement, and this tradition has been maintained to this day.

The Choristers are part of the College Foundation, receiving their academic education at Magdalen College School. The Academical Clerks and Organ Scholars are undergraduates at the College, reading for degrees in a variety of subjects.

The College Choir sings six of the seven sung services each week during Full Term. Away from the Chapel, they have toured Japan, USA, Hungary, Italy, Belgium, Holland, Germany and France, and have appeared at the BBC Proms; later this term they will give a Christmas concert in London as part of the Choral at Cadogan series. Recent orchestral performances have included collaborations with the Britten Sinfonia, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Since 2013, the Choir has recorded exclusively for Opus Arte, the label of the Royal Opera House; information on current releases can be found here. In the past, the Choir was involved with a number of soundtracks, including Richard Attenborough’s movie, Shadowlands, and also the award-winning BBCTV series, Blue Planet.

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