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Menotti, Vierne: Masses / Ferris, Gibbons, Fair, et al

Album Summary

>Menotti, Gian C. : Missa O Pulchritudo, for soloists, chorus & orchestra
>Vierne, Louis : Messe Solennelle in C sharp minor, Op. 16
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

"Cedille has made a good decision in choosing this program to launch its new mid-price FOUNDation imprint. First, Menotti's Mass proves surprisingly engrossing and substantial, and, not surprisingly, full of beautiful melodic material and operatic-style passages and movement He's fortunate here to have some very fine soloists--not a weak link in this group--and an absolutely first-rate choir and conductor (Menotti sanctioned this performance and attended the rehearsals and concert from which this recording was made). The choir sopranos and tenors are worthy of special mention for their gorgeous tone and uninhibited ease in the upper-register passages. This is currently the only available recording of Menotti's Mass--a puzzle, given its immediately appealing character and standard performing forces--but the performances are excellent, and the sound, from a Chicago concert in 1982, is remarkably good thanks to expert remastering by engineer Bill Maylone. Vierne's Messe solennelle is more stylistically and thematically cohesive than the Menotti, but it's anything but subtle; written for choir and two organs, it assumes a large performing space, large choral forces, and a room-filling organ sound. This performance, from a 1988 concert at a Chicago church, satisfies Vierne's requirements--including the support of two magnificent organs (whose specifications are thoughtfully included in the liner notes)--and makes a solid impression Warmly recommended." -Classics Today



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>Menotti, Gian C. : Missa O Pulchritudo, for soloists, chorus & orchestra
  • Performers: Deborah Fair (Mezzo Soprano); Joan Gibbons (Soprano); Tom Sillitti (Bass); John Vorrasi (Tenor)
  • Conductor: William Ferris
  • Ensemble: Composer Festival Orchestra
  • Running Time: 7 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1979
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Vierne, Louis : Messe Solennelle in C sharp minor, Op. 16
  • Performers: Dexter Bailey (Organ); Thomas Weisflog (Organ)
  • Conductor: William Ferris
  • Ensemble: William Ferris Chorale
  • Running Time: 28 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1900
  • Studio/Live: Live