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Faith Of My Heart - Choral Music Of Liszt

Liszt / Gloriae Dei Cantores / Patterson
Release Date: 10/12/2010 
Label:  Gloriae Dei Cantores   Catalog #: 49   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jr. James E. JordanDr. David ChalmersWayne SchumanKathy Schuman,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



LISZT Missa Choralis & Elizabeth C. Patterson, dir; Gloriæ Dei Cantores GLORIÆ DEI CANTORES GDCD 049 (SACD 68:15 Text and Translation)


k Pater noster. Ave Maria. Christus ist geboren. Ave Maris Stella. Rosario. Qui seminant in lacrimis. Nun danket alle Gott


The singers of Gloriae Dei Cantores have been praised on these pages for their virtues—their Read more textural clarity, their balance, their intonation, their luminous tone quality, their sure sense of ensemble—in a broad range of repertoire from Gregorian Chant through Bach on to the Romantics and the moderns. The familiar virtues are evident here. This canny selection—gathered under the somewhat sappy rubric Faith of My Heart —samples Liszt’s sacred choral music from what may be his earliest venture in the genre ( Ave Maria I , which the current Grove dates from 1842) to one of his last ( Qui seminant in lacrimis , 1884), from the radiantly simple ( Pater Noster III ) to the harmonically twisted ( Qui seminant ), from the intimate (the opening movements of Rosario ) to the rousing ( Nun danket alle Gott ). But whatever the terms of the music, the group fulfills them, all the while offering limpidity without insipidity, expressivity without exaggeration. No doubt this repertoire will receive increasing attention during the Liszt bicentennial celebration, but I’d be surprised if this release were rendered superfluous by the end of the year.


That said, the decision to forgo the organ in several of these works may lessen the appeal of the disc for some listeners. Granted, the organ parts are sometimes listed as optional, and they contribute little beyond support for singers with intonation problems. In a few spots, however, the organ has a significant harmonic or dramatic function—and, especially in the Missa Choralis , the more severe choice therefore has its drawbacks. Then, too, for all the group’s sensitivity to Liszt’s varying moods, the overall approach (despite quickish tempos) does tend toward the reverential. As a result, some listeners might prefer the gutsier performance of the Missa Choralis by Best and the Corydon Singers (praised both by Martin Anderson and by me in 24:3 and 24:5). Best’s performance is more attuned to the fundamental contradictions in Liszt’s personality, and it consequently remains my favorite.


SACD is especially effective with a cappella groups, but while the sound on this new release is good, it doesn’t give quite the sense of space and presence offered by the most successful discs in the catalog (I especially treasure some of Hillier’s with the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir on Harmonia Mundi). The notes are generally excellent, although some of the editorial issues (endemic in Liszt) are scanted. Thus, for instance, the notes tell us that “Liszt composed three versions [of Christus ist Geboren ] and Gloriae Dei Cantores sings parts of all three.” In fact, Liszt made two entirely different settings. What we have here is a conglomeration of three different variants of the second, sung to a text different from that provided in the 1936 Breitkopf & Härtel edition.


All in all, though, warmly recommended.


FANFARE: Peter J. Rabinowitz
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Works on This Recording

1. Pater noster III, S 41 no 1 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jr. James E. Jordan (Organ), Dr. David Chalmers (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869 
Date of Recording: 02/2010 
Venue:  Church of the Transfiguration, Orleans, 
Length: 4 Minutes 12 Secs. 
2. Ave Maria I in B flat major, S 20 no 1 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Dr. David Chalmers (Organ), Jr. James E. Jordan (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Hungary 
Date of Recording: 02/2010 
Venue:  Church of the Transfiguration, Orleans, 
Length: 4 Minutes 59 Secs. 
3. Christus ist geboren for Chorus and Organ (1st setting, I & II), S 31 (LW J15a/1 & J15b/1) by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Dr. David Chalmers (Organ), Jr. James E. Jordan (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865 
Date of Recording: 02/2010 
Venue:  Church of the Transfiguration, Orleans, 
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs. 
4. Ave maris stella, S 34 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Dr. David Chalmers (Organ), Jr. James E. Jordan (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1866/1868; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/2010 
Venue:  Church of the Transfiguration, Orleans, 
Length: 6 Minutes 1 Secs. 
5. Rosario, S 56 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jr. James E. Jordan (Organ), Dr. David Chalmers (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/2010 
Venue:  Church of the Transfiguration, Orleans, 
Length: 5 Minutes 18 Secs. 
6. Qui seminant in lacrimis, S 63 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Dr. David Chalmers (Organ), Jr. James E. Jordan (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/2010 
Venue:  Church of the Transfiguration, Orleans, 
Length: 3 Minutes 23 Secs. 
7. Missa Choralis, S 10 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Wayne Schuman (), Kathy Schuman (), Jr. James E. Jordan (Organ),
Dr. David Chalmers (Organ), Philip Macneil (), Br. Richard Cragg (),
Christine Helfrich (), Br. Peter Logan ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/2010 
Venue:  Church of the Transfiguration, Orleans, 
Length: 25 Minutes 9 Secs. 
8. Nun danket alle Gott, S 61 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  James Pfeiffer (Trombone), Mark Bushnell (Trombone), Benedict Young (Trombone),
Dr. David Chalmers (Organ), Jr. James E. Jordan (Organ), Christopher Swidrak (Tuba),
Mark Albro (Trumpet), Peter McKendree (Trumpet)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/2010 
Venue:  Church of the Transfiguration, Orleans, 
Length: 7 Minutes 57 Secs. 

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