Stravinsky, Poulenc: Choral Works
Simon Preston
Label
Decca
Catalogue No.
4828099
Barcode
00028948280995
Format
1-CD
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IGOR STRAVINSKY
Symphony of Psalms
Canticum sacrum   

Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford
Philip Jones Ensemble
Simon Preston

Mass  

Nicholas Jones, treble
Andrew Giles, alto
Philip Cave, tenor
Arthur Lindley, tenor
Peter Herron, bass
Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford
London Sinfonietta
Simon Preston

FRANCIS POULENC
Quatre Motets pour un temps de Pénitence          

Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford
Simon Preston

Recording information

Recording Producer: Michael Bremner
Balance Engineers: Stanley Goodall (Stravinsky: Mass; Poulenc); Stanley Goodall, Simon Eadon (Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms, Canticum sacrum)
Recording Locations: Merton College, Oxford, UK, 16–18 April 1973 (Stravinsky: Mass), 20–21 April 1973 (Poulenc); All Saints, Tooting, London, UK, 17–19 December 1974 (Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms, Canticum sacrum)
Original Argo LP Releases: ZRG 720 (Stravinsky: Mass; Poulenc); ZRG 799 (Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms, Canticum sacrum)

Reviews

‘This record is quite an ear-opener … Lucky Christ Church to have a choir, and a choirmaster, like this.’ Gramophone, October 1975 (Symphony, Canticum sacrum)

‘The unearthly, white tone of the boys is entirely appropriate, the pacing vibrant [Symphony] … This performance [Canticum Sacrum] fully achieves its Byzantine combination of richness and austerity.’ Musical Times, August 1976