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Poulenc: Mass in G; Un Soir de neige; Litanies a la Vierge Noire; et al / Harry Christophers, The Sixteen

Album Summary

>Poulenc, Francis : Salve Regina
>Poulenc, Francis : Quatre motets pour un temps de pénitence, for chorus, FP 97
>Poulenc, Francis : Litanies à la Vierge Noire, for women's chorus & organ (or strings & timpani), FP 82
>Poulenc, Francis : Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël, for chorus, FP 152
>Poulenc, Francis : Un soir de neige, chamber cantata for 6 voices (or chorus), FP 126
>Poulenc, Francis : Ave verum corpus
>Poulenc, Francis : Mass in G
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Francis Poulenc is considered one of the greatest melodists of the 20th century but it is his individual and immediately recognizable harmonic language that makes his music so distinctive. Often overlooked in his lifetime and in the years after his death, his sacred music was an expression of his more serious side and, following the death of his close friend, Pierre-Octave Ferroud, a re-awakening of his religious faith. The Sixteen's new recording centers around the themes of conflict and atonement, reflecting both Poulenc's intense internal struggles and the turbulence of life in France during the mid-20th century. "Some choirs of high renown aim for a kind of robotic perfection in sync with the digital age. Christophers' troupe contains human beings coloring lines with individual hues, yet still acting and breathing as one." (The Times)



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Works Details

>Poulenc, Francis : Salve Regina
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen
  • Running Time: 4 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1941

>Poulenc, Francis : Quatre motets pour un temps de pénitence, for chorus, FP 97
  • Running Time: 12 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1938-1939

>Poulenc, Francis : Litanies à la Vierge Noire, for women's chorus & organ (or strings & timpani), FP 82
  • Running Time: 8 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1936

>Poulenc, Francis : Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël, for chorus, FP 152
  • Running Time: 10 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1951-1952

>Poulenc, Francis : Un soir de neige, chamber cantata for 6 voices (or chorus), FP 126
  • Running Time: 6 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1944

>Poulenc, Francis : Ave verum corpus
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1952

>Poulenc, Francis : Mass in G
  • Running Time: 17 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1937