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I Heard the Owl Call My Name

The highly acclaimed recording of the Choir of Ormond College's European tour. Includes the amazing choral soundscape I Heard the Owl Call my Name by Australian composer Philip Nunn.

Another recording of this world-class choir - and the critics agree:

"Alle Achtung! ... 24 young Australians sang the most difficult German music in the most excellent manner possible ... the dynamic contrasts and vitality went alongside the best articulated German."

"The performance" of Philip Nunn's fascinating sound picture, the wordless 'I Heard the Owl Call my Name' "was a completely winning one".

"The choir immediately displayed an understanding for knife-sharp intonation, and - not least - excellent diction ... The mass afforded ... an opportunity to show the quality of solo-singing."

"Entries and exits" in Josquin des Près' 'Missa Pange Lingua ' "were woven into the tapestry of sound with barely a falter ... Blend and intonation were faultless".

These are critics' comments received during the choir's European tour, when this CD was recorded.


Choir of Ormond College

Since its inception in 1982 under the direction of Douglas Lawrence, the Choir of Ormond College has become the first Australian choir to receive ongoing international recognition.

Douglas Lawrence

Melbourne organist Douglas Lawrence is Director of Music at The Scots' Church and Teacher of the Organ at the University of Melbourne and was the founding director of Choir of Ormond College, a position he held from 1982 to 2006.

Press quotes

“These performances reveal a world-class choir at the height of its powers ... add this CD to your collection.”

— Bruce Gillespie, The Melburnian

“Lawrence's band of fresh-faced and fresh-sounding choristers ... communicate with ease and confidence”

— Tony Way, The Age - Green Guide

“praiseworthy for its clarity”

ABC 24 Hours

Audio previews

Track Listing

    Jesu meine Freude, BWV 227 Johann Sebastian Bach

  1. Choral
  2. Es ist nun nichts Verdammliches
  3. Unter deinem Schirmen
  4. Denn das Gesetz des Geistes
  5. Trotz dem alten Drachen
  6. Ihr aber seid nicht fleischlich
  7. Weg mit allen Schätzen
  8. So aber Christus in euch ist
  9. Gute Nacht, o Wesen
  10. So nun der Geist des
  11. Choral: Weicht, ihr Trauergeister
  12. Missa Pange Lingua Josquin Des Prez

  13. Kyrie
  14. Gloria
  15. Credo
  16. Sanctus
  17. Benedictus
  18. Agnus Dei
  19. Quatre Motets pour un Temps de Pénitence Francis Poulenc

  20. Timor et tremor venerunt
  21. Vinea mea electa
  22. Tenebræ factæ sunt
  23. Tristis est anima mea
  24. I Heard the Owl Call My Name Philip Nunn

  25. Yes my Lord, no my Lord
  26. The depth of sadness
  27. Che-kwa-la
  28. Come wolf − come swimmer



Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer, organist, harpsichordist, violist, and violinist whose sacred and secular works for choir, orchestra, and solo instruments drew together the strands of the Baroque period and brought it to its ultimate maturity.

Where to buy

I Heard the Owl Call My Name is available for download from the iTunes Music Store.
It's available for streaming through Apple Music.

I Heard the Owl Call My Name 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
Adrian Phillips
Martin Wright
Release date
© 1993 Move Records
℗ 1993 Move Records
Choral, Classical
Catalogue number
MD 3130
Alternate catalogue number
EAN 9314574313024