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Langlais: Missa Salve Regina, Etc / Hill, Westminster Choir

Langlais / O'donnell / Lumsden / Hill
Release Date: 09/10/2013 
Label:  Helios   Catalog #: 55444   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Jean Langlais
Performer:  James O'DonnellAndrew Lumsden
Conductor:  David Hill
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Cathedral ChoirEnglish Chamber Orchestra Brass Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This recording from The Choir of Westminster Cathedral also features two of its admired former organists and the English Chamber Orchestra Brass Ensemble, all illuminating joyful paeans of praise by the profoundly religious organist and composer Jean Langlais.

Langlais studied in Paris and wrote for the choir and organ of Notre Dame. He also taught and played often in the United States, and many of his works were written for American performers and audiences. His music was inspired by his love of the Catholic liturgy and of Gregorian chant. Plainsong melodies feature prominently, making much use of parallel fifths and octaves which suggest a twentieth-century update of early organum.

'Those unfamiliar with the
Read more music of Jean Langlais should lose no time and try this outstanding collection' (The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)

'It was a real joy for me to hear how perfect was the sound and also the playing and singing of the interpreters' (Jean Langlais)
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Works on This Recording

1. Messe solennelle, Op. 67 by Jean Langlais
Performer:  James O'Donnell (Organ)
Conductor:  David Hill
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Cathedral Choir,  English Chamber Orchestra Brass Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; France 
Date of Recording: 07/1987 
Venue:  Westminster Cathedral, London 
Length: 18 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
2. Missa "Salve Regina" by Jean Langlais
Performer:  James O'Donnell (Organ), Andrew Lumsden (Organ)
Conductor:  David Hill
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Cathedral Choir,  English Chamber Orchestra Brass Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; France 
Date of Recording: 07/1987 
Venue:  Westminster Cathedral, London 
Length: 7 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
3. Paraphrases gregoriennes (3), Op. 5: no 3, Hymne d'actions de grâce "Te Deum" by Jean Langlais
Performer:  James O'Donnell (Organ)
Conductor:  David Hill
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Cathedral Choir,  English Chamber Orchestra Brass Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933-1934; France 
Date of Recording: 07/1987 
Venue:  Westminster Cathedral, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: French 
4. Triptyque grégorien for Organ: no 1, Rosa mystica by Jean Langlais
Performer:  James O'Donnell (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1978; France 
Date of Recording: 07/1987 
Venue:  Westminster Cathedral 
Length: 9 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
5. Poèmes évangeliques (3) for Organ, Op. 2: no 2, La Nativité by Jean Langlais
Performer:  Andrew Lumsden (Organ)
Conductor:  David Hill
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Cathedral Choir,  English Chamber Orchestra Brass Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; France 
Date of Recording: 07/1987 
Venue:  Westminster Cathedral, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: French 

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