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Couperin: Organ Masses / Peter Hurford


Release Date: 10/11/2003 
Label:  London/Decca Double Decker Catalog #: 455026   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  François Couperin
Performer:  Peter Hurford
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Chamber Choir membersOxford New College Choir members
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 53 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Often one is given only the organ music of these two youthful Masses on disc, but to hear it in its true context, as here, is a far more satisfying experience. The short threads of plainsong melody, sung here with beauty and simplicity, are woven around the organ pieces with great sensitivity. Peter Hurford, playing on a finely restored 17th-century French organ, responds to the sung text with playing of delightful character and finesse.

-- Stephen Haylett, BBC Music Magazine
Often one is given only the organ music of these two youthful Masses on disc, but to hear it in its true context, as here, is a far more satisfying experience. The short threads of plainsong melody, sung here with beauty and simplicity, are woven around the organ pieces with great sensitivity. Peter Hurford, playing on a finely restored 17th-century French organ, responds to the sung text with playing of delightful character and finesse.

-- Stephen Haylett, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1. Mass for Organ no 2 "propre pour les convents de religieux et religieuse" by François Couperin
Performer:  Peter Hurford (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Chamber Choir members
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1690; France 
Date of Recording: 1985 
2. Mass for Organ no 1 "à l'usage ordinaire des paroisses" by François Couperin
Performer:  Peter Hurford (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford New College Choir members
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1690; France 
Date of Recording: 1985 

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