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Villette: Choral Music / Layton, Vivian, Holst Singers

Album Summary

>Villette, Pierre : O sacrum convivium
>Villette, Pierre : Hymne à la Vierge, Op 24
>Villette, Pierre : Attende, Domine
>Villette, Pierre : Notre Pere d'aix, for chorus, Op. 75
>Villette, Pierre : Inviolata, for chorus, Op. 66
>Villette, Pierre : Tu es Petrus, for chorus, Op. 29
>Villette, Pierre : O quam suavis est, for chorus, Op. 76
>Villette, Pierre : Salutation angelique, for chorus
>Villette, Pierre : Strophes Polyphoniques Pour le Veni Creator, for chorus, Op. 28
>Villette, Pierre : Panis angelicus, for chorus, Op. 80
>Villette, Pierre : O salutaris hostia, for chorus, Op. 21
>Villette, Pierre : Ave verum, for chorus, Op. 3
>Villette, Pierre : Salve Regina
>Villette, Pierre : O quam amabilis es, for chorus, Op. 71
>Villette, Pierre : Jesu, dulcis memoria, for chorus, Op. 78
>Villette, Pierre : Adoro te, for chorus, Op. 31
>Villette, Pierre : O magnum mysterium, Op 53
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Notes & Reviews:

This pioneering new recording - a showcase for the virtuoso talents of the Holst Singers - presents all fifteen of Pierre Villette's unaccompanied choral works and his two motets for choir and organ. Villette might best be regarded as a stylistic bridge between Debussy and Faure on the one hand and Poulenc and Messiaen on the other.

'The Holst Singers create great clouds of texture, which surge, form, and melt before your ears ... For a bag of musical bonbons à la violette, this disc can't be beaten' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Whether chant-inspired, leaning towards a jazz idiom or chromaticism, the music is an unusual hybrid. The Holst Singers are eloquent and beguiling under the thoughtful direction of Stephen Layton' (Choir and Organ)

'This is simply gorgeous music which has not so much moments of sublime beauty as virtually no passages which aren't, both singly and cumulatively, utterly enchanting' (International Record Review)

'Shades of Messiaen, Duruflé, Gregorian chant and jazz tinge Villette's elegant, unpretentious motets, sensitively performed here' (Classic FM Magazine)

'If I was going to choose a record company to commit Villette's music to disc, then Hyperion would be my first choice and the team invovled in this production do not let composer or musicians down, capturing the mood so well ... it is a cracking CD' (Cathedral Music)

'The Holst Singers' blend, diction, intonation, and ensemble are uniformly up there with the best, as is the engineering of the recording' (Fanfare, USA)

'The Holst Singers - Stephen Layton's 'other' great choir - is every bit as skilled, sonorous and sensitive as his better-known group, Polyphony. Very few conductors manage this sort of exquisite phrasing, subtle nuance, gleaming sound, and absolute control that you hear from any of Layton's choirs. Hyperion records them beautifully and offers its usual complete and classy booklet' (American Record Guide)

'This recording offers the most comprehensive compilation of Villette's choral music in print. Layton's interpretation skillfully supports the composer's intent, especially in terms of text-music relationships. The Holst Singers' diversity of tone color, pristine intonation, exploration of dynamic range, and nuances of rhythmic flexibility are consistently excellent... Layton's balance of every tone in the twenty-part texture achieves an outstanding sonority, a highlight of the recording... I recommend this recording enthusiastically and without reservation' (Choral Guide, USA)

BBC Music Magazine
Pierre Villette (1926-98) follows on the stylistic heels of Poulenc and Duruflé, with an added twist of sensuality... it's ravishing stuff when performed as well as this. The Holst Singers create great clouds of texture, which surge, form, and melt before your ears. The airborne quality each phrase achieves is testament both to Stephen Layton's irrepressible sense of shaping and to the rapport between choir and conductor.



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Works Details

>Villette, Pierre : O sacrum convivium
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: The Temple Church, London, England (05/13/2004-05/16/2005)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Villette, Pierre : Hymne à la Vierge, Op 24
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: The Temple Church, London, England (05/13/2004-05/16/2005)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1954

>Villette, Pierre : Attende, Domine
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: The Temple Church, London, England (05/13/2004-05/16/2005)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Villette, Pierre : Notre Pere d'aix, for chorus, Op. 75
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: The Temple Church, London, England (05/13/2004-05/16/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Villette, Pierre : Inviolata, for chorus, Op. 66
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: The Temple Church, London, England (05/13/2004-05/16/2005)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Villette, Pierre : Tu es Petrus, for chorus, Op. 29
  • Performer: James Vivian (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: The Temple Church, London, England (05/13/2004-05/16/2005)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Villette, Pierre : O quam suavis est, for chorus, Op. 76
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: The Temple Church, London, England (05/13/2004-05/16/2005)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Villette, Pierre : Salutation angélique, for chorus
  • Performer: James Vivian (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: The Temple Church, London, England (05/13/2004-05/16/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Villette, Pierre : Strophes Polyphoniques Pour le Veni Creator, for chorus, Op. 28
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: The Temple Church, London, England (05/13/2004-05/16/2005)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Villette, Pierre : Panis angelicus, for chorus, Op. 80
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: The Temple Church, London, England (05/13/2004-05/16/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Villette, Pierre : O salutaris hostia, for chorus, Op. 21
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: The Temple Church, London, England (05/13/2004-05/16/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Villette, Pierre : Ave verum, for chorus, Op. 3
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: The Temple Church, London, England (05/13/2004-05/16/2005)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Villette, Pierre : Salve Regina
  • Performer: Katy Cooper
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: The Temple Church, London, England (05/13/2004-05/16/2005)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Villette, Pierre : O quam amabilis es, for chorus, Op. 71
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: The Temple Church, London, England (05/13/2004-05/16/2005)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Villette, Pierre : Jesu, dulcis memoria, for chorus, Op. 78
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: The Temple Church, London, England (05/13/2004-05/16/2005)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Villette, Pierre : Adoro te, for chorus, Op. 31
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: The Temple Church, London, England (05/13/2004-05/16/2005)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Villette, Pierre : O magnum mysterium, Op 53
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: The Temple Church, London, England (05/13/2004-05/16/2005)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern