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O Emmanuel

2012; S solo + SATB div; commissioned as the last of a set of the seven Antiphons, each by a different composer, by The Revd Dr Simon Jones for the choir of Merton College, Oxford, who gave the first performance on 4 May 2012, Benjamin Nicholas conducting
author of text
Great Antiphon for 23 December

The ancient plainchant O Emmanuel lies at the heart of this piece which was written for Merton College, Oxford, at the commission of the Chaplain, the Revd Dr Simon Jones. It is the final work in a composite sequence of all seven Advent Antiphons by seven different composers. First sung by a solo voice and then by tutti altos, the plainchant is threaded through another of Ešenvalds’ gentle chorales, the glowing final cadence suffused with quiet joy and anticipation.

from notes by Gabriel Jackson © 2015


Ešenvalds: Northern Lights & other choral works
Studio Master: CDA68083Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 13 on CDA68083 [2'44]

Track-specific metadata for CDA68083 track 13

Recording date
11 January 2014
Recording venue
Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
David Hinitt
Hyperion usage
  1. Ešenvalds: Northern Lights & other choral works (CDA68083)
    Disc 1 Track 13
    Release date: February 2015
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