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Viri Galilaei

Viri Galilaei: Favourite anthems from Merton


A selection of favourite anthems which combines fresh inspiration with timeless musical values.

The choir’s fifth Delphian recording in five years again showcases the talents of its joint directors Benjamin Nicholas and Peter Phillips, with Phillips' love of polyphony complemented by Nicholas's flair and commitment in some of the twentieth century’s major choral works.

Bookending these 'favourites' are Patrick Gowers' now iconic Ascension Day anthem Viri Galilaei and Jonathan Dove's newly minted Te Deum, commissioned as part of the Merton Choirbook – the largest series of commissions of its kind in modern times, created in celebration of the College's 750th anniversary.

★★★★ Organ playing from the scholars is top-notch and the singing from these young voices is always unforced and balanced. Familiar music here, in an energetic new release.

Choir & Organ, March 2016

Merton choir’s singing is notable for its clarity. The polyphonic lines of Byrd’s Diliges Dominum, the antiphonal effects of Harris’s classic Faire is the heaven and even the dense textures of Parry’s Blest pair of sirens have about them an almost class-like transparency… this is a lovely collection of good music, well performed, beautifully sung and exquisitely recorded. Who could ask for anything more?

Gramophone, April 2016

Elegant, affective and at the same time intense as anyone could wish for

Music & Vision, April 2016

A very fine disc indeed ... one of the very best British collegiate choirs

MusicWeb International, April 2016

Splendid ... a disc to be heard again and again

Organists' Review, September 2016


Follow the links below to hear snippets from Viri Galilaei.


Track listing

Jonathan Dove – Te Deum

Thomas Tallis – If ye love me

Edward Elgar – Give unto the Lord

Thomas Morley – Nolo mortem peccatoris

John Rutter – The Lord bless you and keep you

Hubert Parry – Blest pair of sirens

William Byrd – Diliges Dominum

Roger Quilter – Lead us, heavenly Father

Thomas Tallis – O nata lux

Gerald Finzi – Lo, the full, final sacrifice

William H Harris – Faire is the heaven

William Byrd – Ave verum corpus

Patrick Gowers – Viri Galilaei