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O Sacrum Convivium!: French Sacred Choral Works, by Poulenc, Messiaen, Langlais & Vierne / Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge; Nethsingha

Audio Samples

  1. Vierne, Poulenc, Langlais & Messiaen — Messe solennelle, Op. 16: Kyrie eleison (Maestoso ma non troppo lento) $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Vierne, Poulenc, Langlais & Messiaen — Messe solennelle, Op. 16: Gloria in excelcis Deo (Allegro risoluto - Molto quasi doppio più lento - Tempo I) $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Vierne, Poulenc, Langlais & Messiaen — Messe solennelle, Op. 16: Sanctus (Maestoso ma non troppo lento) $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Vierne, Poulenc, Langlais & Messiaen — Messe solennelle, Op. 16: Benedictus (Poco più vivo) $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Vierne, Poulenc, Langlais & Messiaen — Messe solennelle, Op. 16: Agnus Dei (Andante) $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Vierne, Poulenc, Langlais & Messiaen — 4 Petites prières de Saint François d’Assise, FP 142: No. 1, Salut, dame Sainte (Modéré, mais sans lenteur) $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Vierne, Poulenc, Langlais & Messiaen — 4 Petites prières de Saint François d’Assise, FP 142: No. 2, Tout puissant, très saint (Majestueux et éclatant) $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Vierne, Poulenc, Langlais & Messiaen — 4 Petites prières de Saint François d’Assise, FP 142: No. 3, Seigneur, je vous en prie (Très expressif et fervent) $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Vierne, Poulenc, Langlais & Messiaen — 4 Petites prières de Saint François d’Assise, FP 142: No. 4, Ô mes très chers frères (Bien calme) $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Vierne, Poulenc, Langlais & Messiaen — O sacrum convivium! $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Vierne, Poulenc, Langlais & Messiaen — 4 Motets pour un temps de pénitence, FP 97: No. 1, Timor et tremor (Largement) $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Vierne, Poulenc, Langlais & Messiaen — 4 Motets pour un temps de pénitence, FP 97: No. 2, Vinea mea electa (Tendrement et mélancoliquement lent) $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Vierne, Poulenc, Langlais & Messiaen — 4 Motets pour un temps de pénitence, FP 97: No. 3, Tenebrae factae sunt (Très lent) $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Vierne, Poulenc, Langlais & Messiaen — 4 Motets pour un temps de pénitence, FP 97: No. 4, Tristis est anima mea (Très calme - Vif et inquiet - Très calme - Tempo vif - Très calme) $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Vierne, Poulenc, Langlais & Messiaen — Messe solennelle: Kyrie (Andantino) $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Vierne, Poulenc, Langlais & Messiaen — Messe solennelle: Gloria (Moderato) $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Vierne, Poulenc, Langlais & Messiaen — Messe solennelle: Sanctus (Moderato) $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Vierne, Poulenc, Langlais & Messiaen — Messe solennelle: Benedictus (Lento) $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Vierne, Poulenc, Langlais & Messiaen — Messe solennelle: Agnus Dei (Moderato) $0.99 on iTunes

Notes & Reviews:

Gramophone Magazine, April 2015
It's the motets that stand out here, particularly the Petites Prieres, where the men of the choir put their woody blend to good use...there's an extremity, a roughness that catches Poulenc's mood more vividly than any amount of adult technique.

This new disc with the Choir of St John's College, Cambridge under Andrew Nethsingha - recording exclusively for Chandos - pays homage to French early 20th c. sacred choral music. Louis Vierne and Jean Langlais employ modern chromatic harmonic language and colorful organ writing in their respective Messes solennelles. Messiaen's motet O sacrum convivium! is his only published contribution to liturgical choral music. Aside Poulenc's Four Lenten Motets we hear his late four short prayers 'by St Francis of Assisi', a work for a male choir of tenors that exhibits remarkable variety of color.

Choir & Organ, May 2015
St John's choir again meets the highest standard...a warm sostenuto is achieved by the rich blend of men and boys...If you buy one choral recording this year, make it this one!



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