Sleeper's Prayer: Choral Music from North America Choir of Merton College & Oxford, Benjamin Nicholas

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  • Nico Muhly (b. 1981):
  • 1Senex puerum portabat (Version for Brass & Choir)07:18
  • David Lang (b. 1957):
  • 2Again (After Ecclesiastes)04:22
  • Nico Muhly:
  • 3The Rev'd Mustard His Installation Prelude03:05
  • David Lang:
  • 4If I Sing (After Psalm 101)03:46
  • Nico Muhly:
  • 5A Hymn on the Nativity04:29
  • 6Hudson Preludes: No. 1, Take Care04:47
  • Libby Larsen (b. 1950):
  • 7I Will Sing and Raise a Psalm05:06
  • Nico Muhly:
  • 8A Song of Ephrem the Syrian05:25
  • David Lang:
  • 9Sleeper's Prayer (Arr. for Choir & Organ)07:20
  • Philip Glass (b. 1937):
  • 10Satyagraha: Conclusion (Arr. M. Riesman for Solo Organ)07:43
  • Abbie Betinis (b. 1980):
  • 11Cedit, hyems03:20
  • Gerre Hancock ( 1934 - 2012):
  • 12Deep River (Arr. G. Hancock for Choir)03:20
  • Stephen Paulus (1949 - 2014):
  • 13The Road Home (After Graham's "Prospect")03:28
  • Total Runtime01:03:29

Info for Sleeper's Prayer: Choral Music from North America

In barely a decade of existence, Merton College’s new choral foundation has ambitiously redefined the choral landscape of the great university city of Oxford through its twin commitment to excellence & innovation.

Now, focusing entirely on American music of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, this latest in a series of thematically conceived recordings begins as a striking ‘double portrait’ of two composers who have written or arranged works especially for the choir.

David Lang’s austere choral postminimalism, informed by a background of Jewish liturgy and thought, provides a striking foil to Nico Muhly’s more richly referential approach; Muhly fell in love with the Anglican tradition as a young chorister in Rhode Island.

Two solo organ works by Muhly, and a transcription from his mentor Philip Glass’s opera Satyagraha, widen the expressive gamut still further – from whimsical allusiveness to meditative calm – and are set in context alongside the more stylistically eclectic yet no less powerfully communicative sound-worlds of Libby Larsen and Abbie Betinis. Two final choral items draw on pre-existing traditions of the spiritual and the Baptist hymnal in moving demonstration of the New World’s ability to honour its past while gazing Firmly ahead.

"Merton’s new choral foundation aimed to combine tradition with bold innovation and they pull that off here with some daring. The programme alternates post- minimalist work by David Lang with more familiarly Anglican material by another contemporary Nico Muhly, including the wonderful The Revd Mustard His Installation Prelude, written for a London friend. The Merton singers are in great voice and Merton Brass could dep for the angels." (Choir Organ)

The Choir of Merton College Oxford
Benjamin Nicholas, conductor, solo organ

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