• AV2084 Katalognummer
  • 822252208429 EAN
  • 1CD Format
  • 2006 Utgivelsesår

Edward Higginbottom

Nicholas Wearne (organ)

Messiaen, Olivier | Poulenc, Francis | Villette, Pierre

The Choir of New College, Oxford

Avie Records


Twentieth Century Masters Volume 1 - Poulenc and His Contemporaries

Messiaen: O sacrum convivium

Poulenc: Salve Regina
Quatre petites prières de Saint François d'Assise
Exultate Deo
Gloria from Quem vidistis pastores dicite
O magnum mysterium (No. 1 from Quatre Motets pour le temps de Noël, Op.152)
Hodie Christus natus est (No. 4 from Quatre Motets pour le temps de Noël, Op.152)
Extracts from Messe en sol majeur
Litanies à la Vierge noire (Nicholas Wearne (organ))

Villette: Attende Domine, Op. 45
Panis angelicus, Op. 80
Hymne à la Vierge, Op. 24

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In 2006, Edward Higginbottom celebrated 30 years as Director of Music at New College Oxford. During his time there the New College Choir has achieved international recognition and produced over 70 recordings, many of them worldwide best sellers. This release is the first in a trio of CDs exploring 20th-century choral music, grouped thematically by country. The journey begins in France, where we find Poulenc exploring his religious side, not something often associated with the rebellious and often cheeky Parisian. But he did maintain a strong spiritual streak, remarking once that “he’s not as religious as he’d like to be.” His liturgical writing is deeply contemplative and affecting in its simplicity, yet now and again his witty side will emerge. He shares the disc with his contemporaries Messiaen – represented by his only motet O sacrum convivium – and Pierre Villette who had strong links with the English choral tradition. His ambitious six-part piece Attende Domine was dedicated to the choir of Worcester Cathedral.

“The three works by Villette demonstrate the range and quality and the subtle radiance of his writing. O sacrum convivium!, Messiaen's only motet, is nearly five minutes of genuine bliss, typically sensuous and celestial, and close in feeling to his early organ music.” Gramophone


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Francis Poulenc (1899–1963) er «one of a kind» blant 1900-tallets komponister. Han hentet inspirasjon fra århundrenes mange og varierte stilarter og blandet dem uanstrengt i sin musikk. Blir man først sjarmert av Poulencs skjønnhet og eleganse, er det få ting som kan erstatte hans musikk.

Francis Poulenc (1899–1963) is one of a kind among 20th-century composers. He found his inspiration in many different styles over the centuries and melded them effortlessly into his music. 


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