Notes & Reviews:
Couperin's Trois Leçons de Ténèbres are amongst the small amount of the composer's sacred music that was published during his lifetime. They are intensely personal, depicting the prophet Jeremiah's bitter anguish in settings that are quite unique. Also included on this mid-priced reissue are Couperin's joyful motets Laetentur caeli and Venite, exsultemus Domino, and a remarkable Magnificat. Countertenors James Bowman and Michael Chance are celebrated not only as great soloists but matchless duettists.
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Glinka: Grand Sextet; Rimsky-Korsakov / Capricorn
Biber: Sonatae / Goodman, Holman, Parley of Instruments
Saint-Saens: Organ Symphony; Piano Concerto No. 2 / Peter Hurford, organ; Pascal Rogé, piano
Britten: Sacred and Profane; A.M.D.G.; Five Flower Songs; Choral Dances from Gloriana / Polyphony
Cipriano de Rore (1515-1565): Missa Doulce mémoire; Missa a note negre / The Brabant Ensemble
Stravinsky: Les Noces and Other Choral Music / The Voronezh Chamber Choir et al.
Rejoice, the Lord is King! - Great Hymns from Westminster Abbey / The Choir of Westminster Abbey, Robert Quinney, organ
Christmas Organ: Noel aux Orgues de Tende et de Chambéry / René Saorgin, organ
Palestrina: Missa Hodie Christus natus est / Westminster Cathedral Choir; Baker