The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford

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Program: #94-11, Air Date: 03/14/94

NOTE: Our guest for this program is the long-time conductor of the Choir of Magdalen College Oxford, Bill Ives.

Preservation of this program is made possible by a generous grant in memory of Susan Perrott Coar.

I. The English Anthem Collection from Oxford (Choir of Magdalen College Oxford/John Harper). Alto 4 CD ALC 4001.

The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford, was founded in 1480. Magdalen College was then one of the oldest and largest choral foundations in late medieval England. That historic legacy has been preserved and maintained over five centuries. The Choir exists primarily to sing the daily church services in Magdalen College Chapel. They also sing at a number of special occasions throughout the year, including the famous May Day celebrations, an ancient tradition dating back to 1509.

In recent years Magdalen College Choir has toured Japan, USA, Hungary, Italy, Belgium, Holland, Germany and France; concert appearances have included the BBC Proms and Cadogan Hall. Recent orchestral performances have included collaborations with Phantasm, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Britten Sinfonia and the Academy of Ancient Music; the Choir also features on a number of recent film soundtracks. The earliest recordings of the Choir date from the 1960s, under the legendary directorship of Dr. Bernard Rose. More recently, a series of discs on the Harmonia Mundi label saw a nomination in 2004 for a Gramophone Award.

1 O Lord turn Thy wrath William Byrd John Harper / Magdalen College Choir, Oxford 08:16
2 Teach me, O Lord William Byrd John Harper / Magdalen College Choir, Oxford 03:39
3 Exalt thyself, O God William Byrd John Harper / Magdalen College Choir, Oxford 04:43
4 Out of the Deep Thomas Morley John Harper / Magdalen College Choir, Oxford 03:56
5 Nolo mortem peccatoris Thomas Morley John Harper / Magdalen College Choir, Oxford 02:58
6 The Lord' Prayer John Farmer John Harper / Magdalen College Choir, Oxford 01:39
7 Hide not thy face Richard Farrant John Harper / Magdalen College Choir, Oxford 01:40
8 Blessed art Thou Philip van Wilder John Harper / Magdalen College Choir, Oxford 03:02
9 I will exalt Thee Christopher Tye John Harper / Magdalen College Choir, Oxford 05:46
10 I call and cry to Thee Thomas Tallis John Harper / Magdalen College Choir, Oxford 03:46
11 Purge me, O Lord Thomas Tallis John Harper / Magdalen College Choir, Oxford 01:56
12 O Lord, give Thy Holy Spirit Thomas Tallis John Harper / Magdalen College Choir, Oxford 01:45
13 The Lord' Prayer John Sheppard John Harper / Magdalen College Choir, Oxford 03:50
14 Sing joyfully unto God William Byrd John Harper / Magdalen College Choir, Oxford 03:05
15 O Lord in Thy wrath (rebuke me not) Orlando Gibbons John Harper / Magdalen College Choir, Oxford 03:16
16 O Lord, I lift my heart to Thee Orlando Gibbons John Harper / Magdalen College Choir, Oxford 01:48
17 Hosanna to the Son of David Thomas Weelkes John Harper / Magdalen College Choir, Oxford 02:09
18 O Lord, arise (into Thy resting peace) Thomas Weelkes John Harper / Magdalen College Choir, Oxford 03:16
19 Then David mourned Les Tomkins / Thomas Tomkins John Harper / Magdalen College Choir, Oxford 03:18
20 O praise the Lord, all ye Heathen Les Tomkins / Thomas Tomkins John Harper / Magdalen College Choir, Oxford 04:09
21 My God, my God, look upon me John Blow John Harper / Magdalen College Choir, Oxford 04:34
22 I was glad (when they said unto me) Henry Purcell John Harper / Magdalen College Choir, Oxford 04:21

Track Listing - Disc 2

1 Hear my prayer (O Lord) Henry Purcell John Harper / Magdalen College Choir, Oxford 02:22
2 O God, Thou has cast us out Henry Purcell John Harper / Magdalen College Choir, Oxford 04:10
3 Remember not, O Lord (our offences) Henry Purcell John Harper / Magdalen College Choir, Oxford 03:07
4 God is gone up William Croft John Harper / Magdalen College Choir, Oxford 04:20
5 Lord, let me know mine end Maurice Greene John Harper / Magdalen College Choir, Oxford 06:12
6 O where shall wisdom be found William Boyce John Harper / Magdalen College Choir, Oxford 07:04
7 Lord, look down from Heaven Jonathan Battishill John Harper / Magdalen College Choir, Oxford 04:12
8 Come Holy Ghost, (our souls inspire) Thomas Attwood John Harper / Magdalen College Choir, Oxford 03:33
9 Blessed be the God and Father Samuel Sebastian Wesley John Harper / Magdalen College Choir, Oxford 08:14
10 Is it nothing to you? Frederick Arthur Gore Ouseley John Harper / Magdalen College Choir, Oxford 03:03
11 O Saviour of the world Frederick Arthur Gore Ouseley John Harper / Magdalen College Choir, Oxford 02:47
12 The wilderness Samuel Sebastian Wesley John Harper / Magdalen College Choir, Oxford 14:39
13 I saw the Lord John Stainer John Harper / Magdalen College Choir, Oxford 07:44

Track Listing - Disc 3

1 The Lord's my shepherd Charles Villiers Stanford John Harper / Magdalen College Choir, Oxford 10:33
2 Glorious and powerful God Charles Villiers Stanford John Harper / Magdalen College Choir, Oxford 04:41
3 My soul, there is a country Hubert Parry John Harper / Magdalen College Choir, Oxford 03:58
4 O Thou, the central orb Charles Wood John Harper / Magdalen College Choir, Oxford 04:48
5 Hail, gladdening light Charles Wood John Harper / Magdalen College Choir, Oxford 03:10
6 Expectans expectavi Charles Wood John Harper / Magdalen College Choir, Oxford 04:18
7 Blessed City, heavenly Salem Edward Bairstow John Harper / Magdalen College Choir, Oxford 09:48
8 Let all mortal flesh keep silence Edward Bairstow John Harper / Magdalen College Choir, Oxford 03:25
9 Greater love hath no man John Ireland John Harper / Magdalen College Choir, Oxford 06:14
10 Whitsunday hymn Ralph Vaughan Williams John Harper / Magdalen College Choir, Oxford 03:51
11 Welcome, sweet and sacred feast Gerald Finzi John Harper / Magdalen College Choir, Oxford 08:05
12 The Evening-Watch Gustav Holst John Harper / Magdalen College Choir, Oxford 04:15
13 Like as the hart Herbert Howells John Harper / Magdalen College Choir, Oxford 05:37

Track Listing - Disc 4

1 Set me as a seal (upon Thine hearth) William Walton John Harper / Magdalen College Choir, Oxford 03:20
2 King of Glory, King of Peace Roy James Stewart John Harper / Magdalen College Choir, Oxford 03:45
3 Praise ye the Lord Bernard Rose John Harper / Magdalen College Choir, Oxford 02:36
4 O Lord, the maker of al thing John Joubert John Harper / Magdalen College Choir, Oxford 03:39
5 Hymn to St. Peter Benjamin Britten John Harper / Magdalen College Choir, Oxford 05:36
6 Bring us, O Lord God William H. Harris John Harper / Magdalen College Choir, Oxford 03:20
7 Come, Holy Ghost Jonathan Harvey John Harper / Magdalen College Choir, Oxford
8 The Tree Jonathan Harvey John Harper / Magdalen College Choir, Oxford 04:12
9 Thee will I love Herbert Howells John Harper / Magdalen College Choir, Oxford 05:40
10 Come, my soul Herbert Howells John Harper / Magdalen College Choir, Oxford 04:11
11 Thou hast made me Lennox Berkeley John Harper / Magdalen College Choir, Oxford 06:22
Hymns (2) to the Mother of God
12 Hymn to the Mother of God John Tavener John Harper / Magdalen College Choir, Oxford 03:26
13 Verses I Richard Rodney Bennett John Harper / Magdalen College Choir, Oxford 01:41
14 Verses II Richard Rodney Bennett John Harper / Magdalen College Choir, Oxford 02:10
15 Verses III Richard Rodney Bennett John Harper / Magdalen College Choir, Oxford 02:33
16 Salve Regina John Harper John Harper / Magdalen College Choir, Oxford 04:37
17 Ubi caritas John Harper John Harper / Magdalen College Choir, Oxford 04:11
18 Drop, drop, slow tears Kenneth Leighton John Harper / Magdalen College Choir, Oxford 03:01
19 Give me the wings of faith Kenneth Leighton John Harper / Magdalen College Choir, Oxford 05:08

II. Music for a May Morning (Choir of Magdalen College Oxford/Bill Ives). Recording no longer available.

Music for a May Morning

One of the great traditions in Oxford is that of May Morning, the time when the city celebrates the coming of Spring. Since the early 16th century, the first day of May has begun at 6am with Magdalen College Choir singing from the top of the Great Tower, welcoming the rising sun. The occasion typically attracts crowds of thousands of people to the High Street below, bringing together Oxford's communities to enjoy dancing, singing and revelry, and to listen to the Choir from the foot of the Tower.

 

1

Dawn chorus and College bells [Stedman Caters]

choir vocals: The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford

conductor:Grayston Ives

(Beginning of touch)

1:56

2

O lusty May

choir vocals: The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford

conductor: Grayston Ives

[anonymous]

1:42

3

Contrapunto bestiale alla mente

choir vocals: The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford

conductor: Grayston Ives

Adriano Banchieri

1:16

4

Ah Robin

choir vocals: The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford

conductor: Grayston Ives

recording of: Ah Robin, Gentle Robin

composer: William Cornysh (the younger)

William Cornyshe

2:10

5

Sumer is icumen in

choir vocals: The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford

conductor: Grayston Ives

recording of: Sumer is icumen in

composer: [anonymous] (Special Purpose Artist)

Reading Rota (13th century)

2:53

6

Watkins Ale

choir vocals: The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford

conductor: Grayston Ives

recording of: Watkins Ale (English ballad B494)

orchestrator: William Byrd (English composer)

lyricist: English anon. XVIth. Cent. (Special Purpose Artist)

composer: [traditional] (Special Purpose Artist)

[anonymous]

0:52

7

Since first I saw your face

choir vocals: The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford

conductor: Grayston Ives

Thomas Ford

2:23

8

The Fairy Round

choir vocals: The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford

conductor: Grayston Ives

Anthony Holborne

1:27

9

Dindirin, dindirin (c.1500)

choir vocals: The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford

conductor: Grayston Ives

[anonymous]

1:40

10

Now is the month of Maying

choir vocals: The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford

conductor: Grayston Ives

recording of: Now Is the Month of Maying

composer: Thomas Morley (composer)

referred to in medleys: English Heritage Medley

later translated versions: Printempas

Thomas Morley

1:29

11

A Gigge

choir vocals: The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford

conductor: Grayston Ives

John Bull

0:45

12

The Welsh Allemaine

choir vocals: The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford

conductor: Grayston Ives

[anonymous]

1:37

13

Au joli jeu

choir vocals: The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford

conductor: Grayston Ives

recording of: Au joly jeu

composer: Clément Janequin

Clément Janequin

1:24

14

Tanzen und Springen

choir vocals: The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford

conductor: Grayston Ives

Hans Leo Hassler

1:18

15

Sellinger's Round

choir vocals: The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford

conductor: Grayston Ives

William Byrd

3:25

16

Who shall win my lady fair?

choir vocals: The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford

conductor: Grayston Ives

Robert Lucas Pearsall

2:28

17

O mistress mine

choir vocals: The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford

conductor: Grayston Ives

Ralph Vaughan Williams

1:18

18

Begone, dull care!

choir vocals: The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford

conductor: Grayston Ives

Benjamin Britten

1:00

19

Amo amas, I love a lass

choir vocals: The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford

conductor: Grayston Ives

[anonymous]

1:59

20

The King's hunt

choir vocals: The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford

conductor: Grayston Ives

John Bull

2:43

21

Foresters sound the cheerful horn

choir vocals: The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford

conductor: Grayston Ives

recording of: Foresters, Sound the Cheerful Horn

lyricist: John Petre

composer: Sir Henry Rowley Bishop

Sir Henry Rowley Bishop

1:41

22

When evening's twilight

choir vocals: The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford

conductor: Grayston Ives

recording of: When Evening's Twilight

composer: John Liptrot Hatton (composer)

John Liptrot Hatton

1:44

23

Paduana Lacrimae

choir vocals:

The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford

conductor: Grayston Ives

Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck

5:33

24

Three Hungarian Folksongs

choir vocals: The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford

conductor: Grayston Ives

recording of: Three Hungarian Folksongs

composer: Mátyás Seiber (composer)

Mátyás Seiber

3:58

25

Over hill, over dale

choir vocals: The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford

conductor: Grayston Ives

recording of: Three Shakespeare Songs: Over hill, over dale

lyricist: William Shakespeare (English poet and playwright)

composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams (English composer) (in 1951)

part of: Three Shakespeare Songs

Ralph Vaughan Williams

1:12

26

She moved through the fair

choir vocals: The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford

conductor: Grayston Ives

Daryl Runswick

3:45

27

Bobby Shaftoe

choir vocals: The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford

conductor: Grayston Ives

Gordon Langford

1:27

28

The Lark

choir vocals: The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford

conductor: Grayston Ives

Richard Rodney Bennett

1:16

29

How shall I then describe my Love?

choir vocals: The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford

conductor: Grayston Ives

Thomas Ford

2:39

30

Lute Galliard no.17

choir vocals: The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford

conductor: Grayston Ives

Anthony Holborne

2:13

31

Hymnus Eucharisticus

choir vocals: The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford

conductor: Grayston Ives

Benjamin Rogers

3:08

32

The College bells

choir vocals: The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford

conductor: Grayston Ives

[no artist]

3:06

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Composer Info

William Byrd (1543-1623) , Thomas Morley (ca. 1557-1602), John Farmer (ca. 1570- after 1601), Richard Farrant (1525-1580), Philip van Wilder (1500-1553), Christopher Tye (1505-1572), Thomas Tallis (ca. 1505- 1585), John Sheppard (1515-1558), Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625), Thomas Weelkes (1575-1623) , Les Tomkins, Thomas Tomkins (1572-1656), John Blow (1649-1708), Henry Purcell (1659-1695), William Croft (1678-1727), Maurice Greene (1696-1755), William Boyce (1711-1779), Jonathan Battishill (1738-1801), Thomas Attwood (1765-1838), Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810-1876), Frederick Arthur Gore Ouseley (1825-1889), John Stainer (1840-1901), Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924), Hubert Parry (1848-1918), Charles Wood (1886-1926), Edward Bairstow (1874-1946), John Ireland (1879-1962), Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958), Gerald Finzi (1901-1956), Gustav Holst (1874-1934), Herbert Howells (1892-1983), William Walton (1902-1983), Roy James Stewart, Bernard Rose (1916-1996), John Joubert (1927-2019), Benjamin Britten (1913-1976), William H. Harris (1883-1973), Jonathan Harvey (1939-2012), Lennox Berkeley (1903-1989), John Tavener (1944-2013), Richard Rodney Bennett (1936-2012), Kenneth Leighton (1929-1988), Adriano Banchieri (1568-1634), William Cornyshe (1470-1523), Thomas Ford (1580-1648), Anthony Holborne (1545-1602), Thomas Morley (1557-1602), John Bull (1562-1628), Clément Janequin (1485-1558), Hans Leo Hassler (1564-1612), Robert Lucas Pearsall (1795-1856), Sir Henry Rowley Bishop (1786-1855), John Liptrot Hatton (1808-1886), Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621), Mátyás Seiber (1905-1960), Daryl Runswick (1946-), Gordon Langford (1930-2017) , Benjamin Rogers,

CD Info

Alto 4 CD ALC 4001,