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Poulenc Sacred Music

The Cambridge Singers | City of London Sinfonia
John Rutter (conductor)

CD: £9.00

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Collegium's recording offers an extensive selection of Poulenc's sacred choral music with the Gloria as centrepiece.

Track list

  1. Gloria: Gloria
  2. Gloria: Laudamus te
  3. Gloria: Domine Deus
  4. Gloria: Domine Fili unigenite
  5. Gloria: Domine Deus, Agnus Dei
  6. Gloria: Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris
  7. Salve Regina
  8. Ave verum Corpus
  9. Exultate Deo
  10. Litanies à la Vierge Noire
  11. Quatre motets pour un temps de pénitence: Timor et tremor
  12. Quatre motets pour un temps de pénitence: Vinea mea electa
  13. Quatre motets pour un temps de pénitence: Tenebrae factae sunt
  14. Quatre motets pour un temps de pénitence: Tristis est anima mea
  15. Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël: O magnum mysterium
  16. Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël: Quem vidistis pastores dicite
  17. Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël: Videntes stellam
  18. Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël: Hodie Christus natus est

“Excellent performances from choir and orchestra – a most enjoyable disc” Choir & Organ

“Poulenc’s Gloria for soprano solo, mixed choir and orchestra is a richly affirmative piece; bold in outline, prime coloured yet full of sensitive writing.  The very opening is reminiscent of Stravinsky and the Domine Deus (track 5) sometimes brings Prokofiev to mind, yet the composer’s own highly sophisticated musical language is always in evidence. John Rutter’s performance is exultant and sure-footed; his forces perform superbly and Donna Dean is a worthy soprano soloist. The sound is fresh and immediate, to match the performance. The various unaccompanied pieces are beautifully shaped and strongly projected.  A fine disc.” CD Review

“The fact that Poulenc’s choral music contains some of his most inspired and genuinely moving writing has not been lost on the record companies. There are a number of excellent discs in the catalogue from, among others, The Sixteen (Virgin), Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Oxford (Nimbus), St. John’s College, Cambridge (Decca Double) and Groupe Vocale de France (EMI). That said, the re-issue at mid-price of this superb collection from John Rutter’s Cambridge Singers is something to be genuinely welcomed. Rutter really excels in this sort of repertory, and the tonal beauty of his crack choir makes for very satisfying listening. All in all, an excellent achievement. The Gloria is well served on disc, but this version has merits that grow on one subtly with each hearing. In any case, the other items easily make the disc worth investigating. Choral fans will already know of Rutter’s high standards, and this disc will not disappoint on any technical grounds. Recording is full and clear, with the suitably resonant acoustic well tamed by the engineers. Recommended.” MusicWeb International

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