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Theodore Dubois: Messe Solennelle de Saint Remi

Album Summary

>Dubois, Théodore : Messe solennelle de saint Remi, for 2 voices, chorus & orchestra
>Dubois, Théodore : Messe de la Délivrance, for 2 voices, chorus & orchestra
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

In 2005 baritone Marc Boucher discovered a number of compositions in the Dubois family’s chest of treasures. He shared his discoveries with conductor Michel Brousseau, who in turn, visited the family in France and delved into the scores by this long-neglected composer. Brousseau returned to Canada with choral works such as the Messe de la Délivrance and the Messe solennelle de saint Remi, which were composed in 1919 and 1900 respectively. Upon closer inspection of the works, Brousseau became convinced of their value. In May 2008, Brousseau conducted the North American premiere of Messe solennelle de saint Remi, and a year later, performed the Messe de la Délivrance at four concerts in Montreal and Ottawa. The two masses are presented on this new ATMA recording.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Montréal (Québec), Canada (09/18/2009-09/20/2009).



Reviews

Wholeheartedly Recommended!!!
From my very first listening of this CD, the undeniable greatness of the recording already couldn't help revealing itself. First, I was grabbed by the clarity and tightness in the sound of the organ, which I must confess is not my favorite instrument, especially on recordings, as it usually sounds too sluggish and boomie to my taste. But on this recording, the organ not only sounded clear and responsive, it also offered plenty of colors in addition to the much needed oomph. Then, the clarity and precision in pitch and rhythm of such a HUGE choir is something that really impressed me. Not to mention how the emotions completely reach out to the listeners through the soloists' passionate singing! I especially loved the ethereal feeling coming from the soaring soprano voice growing out of and floating above the choir's firm support, as well as how smooth and natural the baritone sounded throughout his range. And all tracks with the added brass (e.g. track 7) have already popped to the top of my long play list thanks to their colorful orchestration and strong rhythmic drive. This is an extraordinary recording of a truly outstanding performance which I wholeheartedly recommend!
Submitted on 05/21/10 by InspiredMezzo 
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Works Details

>Dubois, Théodore : Messe solennelle de saint Remi, for 2 voices, chorus & orchestra
  • Performer: Jean-Willy Kunz (Organ)
  • Conductor: Michel Brousseau
  • Ensemble: Nouveau Monde Philharmonic Orchestra (members)
  • Notes: Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Montréal (Québec), Canada (09/18/2009-09/20/2009)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral

>Dubois, Théodore : Messe de la Délivrance, for 2 voices, chorus & orchestra
  • Performer: Jean-Willy Kunz (Organ)
  • Conductor: Michel Brousseau
  • Ensemble: Nouveau Monde Philharmonic Orchestra (members)
  • Notes: Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Montréal (Québec), Canada (09/18/2009-09/20/2009)
  • Running Time: 37 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral