Poulenc, Saint-Saëns: Choral Works
Jesús López-Cobos, Simon Preston, Donald Hunt
Label
Decca
Catalogue No.
4828798
Barcode
00028948287987
Format
1-CD
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FRANCIS POULENC
Gloria

Sylvia Greenberg,
soprano
Wayne Williams,
tenor
Chœur de la Radio Suisse Romande
Chœur Pro Arte de Lausanne
L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Jesús López-Cobos

Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël*

Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford
Simon Preston

CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS
Messe à quatre voix, Op. 4

Simon Colston, treble
Anthony de Rivaz & John Vickers,
countertenors
Trevor Owen,
tenor
Brian Harvye,
bass
Roy Massey,
grand orgue
Paul Trepte,
petit orgue
Worcester Cathedral Choir
Donald Hunt

*FIRST CD RELEASE ON DECCA

Recording information

Recording Producers: Paul Myers (Poulenc: Gloria); Michael Bremner (Poulenc: Christmas Motets); Morten Winding (Saint-Saëns)
Balance Engineers: James Lock, Colin Moorfoot (Poulenc: Gloria); Stanley Goodall (Poulenc: Christmas Motets); Stanley Goodall, Andrew Pinder (Saint-Saëns)
Recording Locations: Victoria Hall, Geneva, Switzerland, 15–16 January 1982 (Poulenc: Gloria); Merton College, Oxford, UK, 20–21 April 1973 (Poulenc: Christmas Motets); Worcester Cathedral, Worcester, UK, 15–18 February 1978 (Saint-Saëns)
Remastering Engineer: Chris Bernauer
Original Argo LP Releases: ZRDL 1010 (Poulenc: Gloria); ZRG 720 (Poulenc: Christmas Motets); ZRG 889 (Saint-Saëns)

Reviews

‘The choir acquits itself very well … Argo has coped with the unfamiliar locale in spectacular fashion, capturing the organ in all its glory, yet balancing it nicely with the sound of the choir … Not to be overlooked.’ Fanfare, May/June 1980 (Saint-Saëns)

‘It has the special French bonus of parts for grand and petit orgue (here splendidly played by Roy Massey and Paul Trepte) which add colour and interest to what is already a vivid performance.’ Musical Times, March 1979 (Saint-Saëns)

‘Poulenc’s Gloria receives an idiomatic performance that rivals the best the piece has received.’ Fanfare, May/June 1983