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O Rose So Red

Melbourne based Schola Cantorum perform a program of chants, songs and motets used to capture the nature of Mary over the course of more than a millennium.

The red rose is one of the most enduring images of the Virgin Mary. It has wide ranging associations with the fertility of the Madonna, the beauty of the bride of Christ, the fragrances of Heaven, the passion and romance of the Troubadour, the poignancy of the crown of thorns and the rich colour of spilt blood. Like the rose, the music used to depict or venerate Mary is varied.

Melbourne based Schola Cantorum directed by leading Australian Early Music interpreter Gary Ekkel, perform a program of chants, songs and motets used to capture the nature of Mary over the course of more than a millennium.


Schola Cantorum of Melbourne

Schola Cantorum of Melbourne has established a reputation for presenting sacred music from the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque together with Gregorian chant in historical and innovative contexts.

Gary Ekkel

Gary Ekkel is a leading Australian interpreter of choral and Early Music.

Press quotes

“…The high point of the music-making here is the spirited performance of five Marian antiphons by Jan Dismas Zelenka, a Bohemian composer working in baroque Dresden.”

— Mike Daly, The Age

“For quiet meditation, pure moving music portraying the life of the Virgin Mary is beautifully captured by Schola Cantorum”

The Sunday Mail

“nicely programmed ... an enjoyably 'real' performance and a most pleasant disc.”

— Madeleine Rowles, Early Music News, NSW

Audio preview

Track Listing

  1. Ex semine Abrahe / Ex semine Rosa / [Ex semine] Pérotin
  2. O Virgo splendens (Anonymous)
  3. Alma Redemptoris Mater (Gregorian chant)
  4. Ave Regina caelorum (Gregorian chant)
  5. Regina caeli (Gregorian chant)
  6. Salve Regina (Gregorian chant)
  7. Ave maris stella John Dunstable
  8. Alma Redemptoris Mater Johannes Ockeghem
  9. O Maria, vernans rosa Clemens non Papa
  10. Ave Maria (Gregorian chant)

  11. Salve Regina Tomás Luis de Victoria
  12. Ave Virgo gloriosa Richard Dering
  13. Magnificat Hieronymus Praetorius
  14. Alma Redemptoris Mater Jan Dismas Zelenka
  15. Ave Regina caelorum (i) Jan Dismas Zelenka
  16. Ave Regina caelorum (ii) Jan Dismas Zelenka
  17. Regina caeli Jan Dismas Zelenka
  18. Salve Regina Jan Dismas Zelenka



Where to buy

O Rose So Red is available for download from the iTunes Music Store.
It's available for streaming through Apple Music.

O Rose So Red is available as as CD. It can be purchased online through Buywell Music or the Australian Music Centre which both offer secure online ordering.

Move CDs can be ordered through music retailers across Australia including Readings.

Product details

List price
$25.00 AUD
Martin Wright
Vaughan McAlley
Xavier College Chapel
Release date
© 1998 Move Records
℗ 1998 Move Records
Choral, Early music
Catalogue number
MD 3209
Alternate catalogue number
EAN 9314574320923