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Motets Français - works for upper voices by Bouzignac, Boesset, Danielis, Campra, Fauré, Poulenc, Durufle, Villette / Conservatoire de Toulouse, Opstad

Audio Samples

>Bouzignac, Guillaume : Tota Pulchra Est, motet
>Boësset, Antoine : Domine salvum fac regem, motet
>Boësset, Antoine : Magnificat, motet
>is, Daniel : Adoro te meo salus, motet for 2 voices, violins & continuo
>is, Daniel : Jesu dulcissime pastor, motet for 2 voices, violins & continuo
>Campra, André [Composer] : Tota pulchra es amica mea, motet for 2 voices
>Campra, André [Composer] : Diligam te Domine, for chorus & continuo
>Fauré, Gabriel : Ave Verum, Op. 65
>Büsser, Henri : Regina coeli, for chorus, Op. 115/2
>Poulenc, Francis : Litanies à la Vierge Noire, for women's chorus & organ (or strings & timpani), FP 82
>Duruflé, Maurice : Motets (4) on Gregorian themes, Op. 10
>Villette, Pierre : O quam suavis est, for chorus, Op. 76
>Libes, Patrice [Composer] : Litanies, for chorus
>Bleuse, Marc [Composer] : In manuas tuas, Domine, for chorus & timpani

Album Summary

>Bouzignac, Guillaume : Tota Pulchra Est, motet
>Boësset, Antoine : Domine salvum fac regem, motet
>Boësset, Antoine : Magnificat, motet
>is, Daniel : Adoro te meo salus, motet for 2 voices, violins & continuo
>is, Daniel : Jesu dulcissime pastor, motet for 2 voices, violins & continuo
>Campra, André [Composer] : Tota pulchra es amica mea, motet for 2 voices
>Campra, André [Composer] : Diligam te Domine, for chorus & continuo
>Fauré, Gabriel : Ave Verum, Op. 65
>Büsser, Henri : Regina coeli, for chorus, Op. 115/2
>Poulenc, Francis : Litanies à la Vierge Noire, for women's chorus & organ (or strings & timpani), FP 82
>Duruflé, Maurice : Motets (4) on Gregorian themes, Op. 10
>Villette, Pierre : O quam suavis est, for chorus, Op. 76
>Libes, Patrice [Composer] : Litanies, for chorus
>Bleuse, Marc [Composer] : In manuas tuas, Domine, for chorus & timpani
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

American Record Guide, July/August 2014
Bouzignac, Boesset, Danielis, and Campra are 16th-17th Century composers with roots in and around Toulouse. Their music is delivered with clarity, verve, and exemplary control, and with the gamba and organ on hand to back up the choral counterpoint. A beguiling sense of elegance jumps across the centuries to the long melodic lines of Fauré, which sound natural and effortless despite their difficulty. Plenty of adult choirs could learn from the innocent, unforced spiritual connection forged by the choir with Poulenc's Litanies and Duruflé's much-traveled 'Tota pulchra es'.

A unique collection of French motets for upper voices, sung by the acclaimed children's choir La Maîtrise de Toulouse under the direction of their founder, British conductor Mark Opstad. Charting the chronological development of the French motet for upper voices, this disc opens with works by two 16th-century composers, proceeds via four exquisite 17th and 18th century works with continuo, 19th and 20th-century works with organ, and ends with two 21st-century motets written for La Maîtrise de Toulouse by Patrice Libes and Marc Bleuse.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Temple du Salin, Toulouse, France (04/20/2013-04/22/2013).



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Works Details

>Bouzignac, Guillaume : Tota Pulchra Est, motet
  • Conductor: Mark Opstad
  • Ensemble: La Maîtrise de Toulouse Children's Choir
  • Notes: Temple du Salin, Toulouse, France (04/20/2013-04/22/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral

>Boësset, Antoine : Domine salvum fac regem, motet
  • Performers: Geraldine Bruley; William Whitehead (Organ)
  • Conductor: Mark Opstad
  • Notes: Temple du Salin, Toulouse, France (04/20/2013-04/22/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral

>Boësset, Antoine : Magnificat, motet
  • Performers: Geraldine Bruley; William Whitehead (Organ)
  • Conductor: Mark Opstad
  • Notes: Temple du Salin, Toulouse, France (04/20/2013-04/22/2013)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral

>is, Daniel : Adoro te meo salus, motet for 2 voices, violins & continuo
  • Performers: William Whitehead (Organ); Geraldine Bruley
  • Conductor: Mark Opstad
  • Notes: Temple du Salin, Toulouse, France (04/20/2013-04/22/2013)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral

>is, Daniel : Jesu dulcissime pastor, motet for 2 voices, violins & continuo
  • Performers: Geraldine Bruley; William Whitehead (Organ)
  • Conductor: Mark Opstad
  • Notes: Temple du Salin, Toulouse, France (04/20/2013-04/22/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral

>Campra, André [Composer] : Tota pulchra es amica mea, motet for 2 voices
  • Performers: Geraldine Bruley; William Whitehead (Organ)
  • Conductor: Mark Opstad
  • Notes: Temple du Salin, Toulouse, France (04/20/2013-04/22/2013)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral

>Campra, André [Composer] : Diligam te Domine, for chorus & continuo
  • Performers: William Whitehead (Organ); Geraldine Bruley
  • Conductor: Mark Opstad
  • Notes: Temple du Salin, Toulouse, France (04/20/2013-04/22/2013)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Fauré, Gabriel : Ave Verum, Op. 65
  • Performer: William Whitehead (Organ)
  • Conductor: Mark Opstad
  • Notes: Temple du Salin, Toulouse, France (04/20/2013-04/22/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894

>Büsser, Henri : Regina coeli, for chorus, Op. 115/2
  • Conductor: Mark Opstad
  • Notes: Temple du Salin, Toulouse, France (04/20/2013-04/22/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Poulenc, Francis : Litanies à la Vierge Noire, for women's chorus & organ (or strings & timpani), FP 82
  • Performer: William Whitehead (Organ)
  • Conductor: Mark Opstad
  • Notes: Temple du Salin, Toulouse, France (04/20/2013-04/22/2013)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1936

>Duruflé, Maurice : Motets (4) on Gregorian themes, Op. 10
  • Conductor: Mark Opstad
  • Notes: Temple du Salin, Toulouse, France (04/20/2013-04/22/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1960

>Villette, Pierre : O quam suavis est, for chorus, Op. 76
  • Conductor: Mark Opstad
  • Notes: Temple du Salin, Toulouse, France (04/20/2013-04/22/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Libes, Patrice [Composer] : Litanies, for chorus
  • Conductor: Mark Opstad
  • Notes: Temple du Salin, Toulouse, France (04/20/2013-04/22/2013)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Bleuse, Marc [Composer] : In manuas tuas, Domine, for chorus & timpani
  • Performer: Jean-Loup Vergne (Timpani)
  • Conductor: Mark Opstad
  • Notes: Temple du Salin, Toulouse, France (04/20/2013-04/22/2013)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary