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Notes and Editorial Reviews
An uninhibitedly tuneful setting of the mass. No Gilbert and Sullivan enthusiast should miss hearing the work.
It is good to have this uninhibitedly tuneful setting of the mass back in the catalogue, particularly in this warm and energetic Parisian performance which I welcomed when it originally appeared. As I commented then, Gounod's score tends to bear out at several removes Constant Lambert's suggestion of a link between American pop music and the Victorian hymn-tune tradition. Gounod here in almost every section presents melodies that to us today have a hint of hit tunes, particularly the brash theme that underpins the "Credo" (which later returns Cut La forza) and the deliciously inappropriate tune for
"Agnus Dei". The fact that vulgarity is only just avoided somehow adds to the attractions, and certainly no Gilbert and Sullivan enthusiast should miss hearing the work. The performance is even more enjoyable than I had remembered with excellent work from the soloists as well as the choir.
-- Edward Greenfield, Gramophone [1/1976]
reviewing the Messe Solennelle on LP
The real oddity here is the Gounod. My old Penguin Stereo Record Guide describes the work as 'agreeable without being terribly memorable', which is just about spot on, though the writers clearly enjoyed the 'rollicking' Credo in which they heard 'more than a hint of a Beatles tune'. Barbirolli's affectionate account of the delightful Petite symphonie was originally a Pye release.
-- David Gutman, Gramophone [11/2001]
Works on This Recording
Messe solennelle de Sainte Cécile by Charles Gounod
Pilar Lorengar (Soprano),
Heinz Hoppe (Tenor),
Franz Crass (Bass)
René Duclos Chorus,
Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Written: 1855; France
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