Mater Ora Filium: Music for Epiphany

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Clare College Choir, Graham Ross
original title: Mater Ora Filium: Music for Epiphany / Clare College
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  • Graham Ross directs the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge in music celebrating the feast of Epiphany, culminating in Arnold Bax’s unaccompanied double-choir masterpiece, 'Mater ora filium' (1926).
    The feast of Epiphany falls on 6 January, 12 days after Christmas. Marked in the Christian world with the story of the Magi, many composers have been inspired by the account of ‘the three kings’ following the star, bringing their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. This sequence of music explores some of the greatest musical contributions to the feast, principally from the 16th and 20th centuries. Three great Epiphany hymns frame this sequence, all in new arrangements by Graham Ross, and all here receiving their première recordings. Graham Ross has also written the excellent booklet note and is aided and abetted, again, by John Rutter as producer, engineer and editor.

    1 di LASSO: Omnes de Saba 2 Trad. arr. Ross: O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!*
    3 SHEPPARD: Reges Tharsis 4 BYRD: Ecce advenit dominator Dominus
    5 PALESTRINA: Tribus miraculis ornatum 6 CLEMENS NON PAPA: Magi veniunt ab oriente
    7 MOUTON: Nesciens mater 8 POULENC: Videntes stellam
    9 HOWELLS: Long, long ago 10 BINGHAM: Epiphany
    11 Trad. arr. Graham Ross: Hail to the Lord’s Anointed!*
    12 WARLOCK arr. David Hill: Bethlehem Down 13 WEIR: Illuminare, Jerusalem
    14 NILES arr. John Rutter: I wonder as I wander 15 HOWELLS: Here is the little door
    16 CORNELIUS arr. Ivor Atkins: The Three Kings 17 Lennox BERKELEY: I sing of a maiden
    18 WARLOCK: Benedicamus Domino 19 Trad. arr. Graham Ross: As with gladness men of old*
    20 BAX: Mater ora filium
    *world première recordings

    “The choir sings extremely well throughout … This very fine account of the Duruflé Requiem sets the seal on a thoughtfully conceived and expertly performed programme. The Clare College choir is among the finest of the UK’s collegiate choirs and this new release is fully up to the standards we’ve come to expect from them.”
    John Quinn – MusicWeb International, 27th October 2016

  • Clare College Choir
    Graham Ross

    Alexander Porteous | tenor
    Laurence Harris | baritone
    Michael Papadopoulos | organ 2, 10-13, 19
    Clare College Choir,
    Graham Ross
  • 1 CD - 1h 12mn 43s
    upc/ean. 093046765323
    ref. HMU907653
    release date. 2016-12-02

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