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Poulenc, Durufle, Messian, De Leeuw: Sacred Choral Music


Release Date: 11/17/2005 
Label:  Oehms   Catalog #: 540   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Francis PoulencMaurice DurufléTon De LeeuwOlivier Messiaen
Conductor:  Peter Dijkstra
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


There are many fine recordings of these works in the catalog, but you won't find any of them better sung than these by the superb Bavarian Radio Choir. These are pieces--the Poulenc especially--that look reasonably easy on paper but are very difficult to pull off, for all sorts of reasons, including the tricky textural relationships and required melodic underlining, along with the usual challenges of a cappella singing--intonation, timbre, and sectional balances. From the consistently beautiful tone and clear diction, to the well-considered and perfectly executed phrasing and dynamics and gorgeous legatos, there's virtually nothing here to criticize. "Mastery" is the word, along with sensitivity to texts
Read more and mood, that describes and defines these performances. Just one example is Duruflé's beloved Ubi caritas, every line breathed with perfect naturalness, the voices always in balance with the melody, the harmonies warm and impeccably tuned--and the sound is ideal. There's nothing more to say without repeating myself, except "hear this, all ye who love 20th-century French choral music." [3/20/2006]

--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Ave verum corpus by Francis Poulenc
Conductor:  Peter Dijkstra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; France 
Venue:  Bavarian Radio Studios, Munich, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 17 Secs. 
2.
Exultate Deo by Francis Poulenc
Conductor:  Peter Dijkstra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941; France 
Venue:  Bavarian Radio Studios, Munich, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
3.
Motets (4) on Gregorian themes, Op. 10 by Maurice Duruflé
Conductor:  Peter Dijkstra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; France 
Venue:  Bavarian Radio Studios, Munich, Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 25 Secs. 
4.
Prière, for chorus by Ton De Leeuw
Conductor:  Peter Dijkstra
Period: Modern 
Written: 1954 
Venue:  Bavarian Radio Studios, Munich, Germany 
Length: 9 Minutes 12 Secs. 
5.
O sacrum convivium! by Olivier Messiaen
Conductor:  Peter Dijkstra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; France 
Venue:  Bavarian Radio Studios, Munich, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 10 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Salve regina, FP 110: Salve Regina
Mass in G major, FP 89: Kyrie
Mass in G major, FP 89: Gloria
Mass in G major, FP 89: Sanctus
Mass in G major, FP 89: Benedictus
Mass in G major, FP 89: Agnus Dei
Ave verum corpus, FP 154: Ave verum corpus
Exultate Deo, FP 109: Exultate Deo
4 Motets pour un temps de penitence, FP 97: No. 1. Timore et tremor
4 Motets pour un temps de penitence, FP 97: No. 2. Vinea mea electa
4 Motets pour un temps de penitence, FP 97: No. 3. Tenebrae factae sunt
4 Motets pour un temps de penitence, FP 97: No. 4. Tristis est anima mea
4 Motets sur des themes gregoriens, Op. 10: No. 1. Ubi caritas
4 Motets sur des themes gregoriens, Op. 10: No. 2. Tota pulchra es
4 Motets sur des themes gregoriens, Op. 10: No. 3. Tu es Petrus
4 Motets sur des themes gregoriens, Op. 10: No. 4. Tantum ergo
Priere
O sacrum convivium!

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