1 800 222 6872

Martin: Mass, Passacaille; Pizzetti / O'Donnell, et al

Album Summary

>Martin, Frank : Mass for Double Chorus
>Martin, Frank : Passacaille, version for organ
>Martin, Frank : Requiem for soloists, chorus, orchestra & organ
>Pizzetti, Ildebrando : De profundis, for chorus
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

'For connoisseurs of choral music this is an essential buy. Outstanding performances of two rarely heard 20th-century masterpieces' (Classic CD)

'Magnificent' (Gramophone)

'Gloriously sung. This certainly deserves to become a classic recording' (BBC Record Review)

'A recording of arresting immediacy and musical richness' (BBC Music Magazine)

'I have been glued to my seat discovering this quite wonderful work [Pizzetti]. The performance needs no further reecommendation; it is utterly compelling' (Organists' Review)

'Martin's Mass is a life-enhancing creation of enormous invention and fervour. The Requiem by Pizzetti is simply ravishing. The recordings are superb' (Hi Fi News)

'Westminster Cathedral Choir here produces one of its most inspired offerings yet. This is one of the purest and finest choral recordings I have ever heard' (Church Times)

'A work of surpassing beauty which will be a revelation to those who have not encountered it before, particularly in this fervent and inspired performance.' (The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)

'Both works are simply among the most beautiful pieces of music ever written. A most beguiling combination of melody and harmony, performed here with technical near-perfection and a magnificent range of emotional colour' (Hi Fi Choice)

'Quite remarkable' (International Record Review)

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
These are magnificent performances. Written in 1922, the Agnus Dei being added four years later, the Mass is one of Martin's most sublime compositions. Surprisingly it gains enormously from using boys' rather than female voices. It's a measure of James O'Donnell's achievement with Westminster Cathedral Choir that the gain in purity and beauty is never at the expense of depth and fervour. This is an altogether moving and eloquent performance, often quite thrilling and always satisfying.

This disc brings us a fine performance by O'Donnell of the Passacaille and the Pizzetti Messa di Requiem, also composed in 1922. The received wisdom is that it is in his a cappella music that Pizzetti is at his finest; in his 1951 monograph Guido Gatti spoke of his setting as 'the most serene and lyrical of all... from Mozart's to Gabriel Faure's'. Serene and lyrical it most certainly is, and it will come as a revelation to those encountering it for the first time.

There is a fervour and a conviction about the Westminster performances of both the Requiem and the 1937 De profundis. The luminous tone this choir produce in both these inspired and masterly works will ring in your ears long after you have finished playing this splendidly recorded disc.



Reviews

There are currently no reviews, be the first one!
Login or Create an Account to write a review
 

Also Purchased

Works Details

>Martin, Frank : Mass for Double Chorus
  • Notes: Westminister Cathedral, London, England (07/07/1997-07/11/1997)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1922-1926

>Martin, Frank : Passacaille, version for organ
  • Performer: James O'Donnell (Organ)
  • Notes: Westminister Cathedral, London, England (07/07/1997-07/11/1997)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1944

>Martin, Frank : Requiem for soloists, chorus, orchestra & organ
  • Notes: Westminister Cathedral, London, England (07/07/1997-07/11/1997)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1971-1972

>Pizzetti, Ildebrando : De profundis, for chorus
  • Notes: Westminister Cathedral, London, England (07/07/1997-07/11/1997)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1937