Motets at Merton
21 October 2017, 22:00
Oxford OX1 4JD
One of Oxford's finest chapel choirs presents a programme of motets by Brahms and composers he would have conducted as director of the Wiener Singakademie, including Schütz, Gabrieli and Bach. Also included is a rare arrrangement of Mahler's 'Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen' from the Rückert Lieder.
Giovanni Gabrieli (1557 - 1612)Jubilate Deo; motet for 8 voices (Ch. 16)
Heinrich Schütz (1585 - 1672)Ich bin ein rechter Weinstock (SWV 389)
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750)Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf (BWV 226)
Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)Geistliches Lied (Op. 30)
- Warum ist das Licht gegeben (Op. 74 no. 1)
Gustav Mahler, arranged Clytus GottwaldIch bin der Welt abhanden gekommen
EnsembleThe Choir of Merton College is one of Oxford’s leading mixed-voice choirs, singing during term-time in the thirteenth century chapel. The choir consists of thirty undergraduates and post-graduates, many of whom hold choral scholarships at Merton College. In recent years tours have included France, the USA, Sweden and Italy, and performances of Duruflé’s Requiem in Gloucester Cathedral, Tallis’s Spem in alium in the Beaujolais Festival, Mozart's Requiem in St Germain-des-Prés, Paris, and the première... Read Full Biography
ConductorBenjamin Nicholas is Reed Rubin Organist & Director of Music at Merton College, Oxford. As a conductor he has appeared with the City of London Sinfonia, Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, The Trondheim Soloists and The Holst Singers in works such as Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius, Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony, Holst’s Savitri and Duruflé’s Requiem. His most recent organ recording of Elgar’s organ works, was described by The Sunday Times as ‘a musical achievement…captivating’. With ... Read Full Biography
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