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Poulenc: The Sacred Music For Unaccompanied Choir / Marlow


Release Date: 07/13/1998 
Label:  Conifer   Catalog #: 18992   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Francis Poulenc
Conductor:  Richard Marlow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Trinity College Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

An assured and impressive performance, with expressive dynamic shadings, pure intonation, and intelligent phrasing.

...John Rutter and Richard Marlow with their Cambridge choirs here cover all Poulenc's sacred choral music except the Stabat mater... Both sets of performances are very good, with fine balance, expressive dynamic shadings, pure intonation, intelligent phrasing and excellent enunciation—so good that it seems a pity their programmes should overlap for the Penitential and Christmas motets and the three others. The main difference between them is that the acoustics of Trinity College chapel are more resonant than that of University College School hall, used by Rutter (though this has certainly no lack of
Read more warmth): as a result, the College choir, already splendidly firm of voice, produces a notably rich sonority... The Regent Chamber Choir...snatches off ends of phrases too abruptly. This habit is very marked in Poulenc's angular and Stravinskyan Mass, in which weight and fullness of tone are lacking in the men (e.g. at the start of the "Gloria"), as becomes very obvious when compared with Marlow's assured and impressive performance (with a very sweet-toned soprano in the "Agnus Dei").

-- Gramophone [10/1988, comparing this CD with Collegium 506 and Regent/Target 101]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Mass in G major by Francis Poulenc
Conductor:  Richard Marlow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Trinity College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; France 
2.
Motets (4) pour le temps de Noël by Francis Poulenc
Conductor:  Richard Marlow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Trinity College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951-1952; France 
3.
Petites prières (4) de Saint François d'Assise by Francis Poulenc
Conductor:  Richard Marlow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Trinity College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948; France 
4.
Motets (4) pour un temps de pénitence by Francis Poulenc
Conductor:  Richard Marlow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Trinity College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938-1939; France 
5.
Laudes de Saint Antoine de Padoue by Francis Poulenc
Conductor:  Richard Marlow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Trinity College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957-1959; France 
6.
Salve Regina by Francis Poulenc
Conductor:  Richard Marlow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Trinity College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941; France 
7.
Ave verum corpus by Francis Poulenc
Conductor:  Richard Marlow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Trinity College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; France 
8.
Exultate Deo by Francis Poulenc
Conductor:  Richard Marlow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Trinity College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941; France 

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