Poulenc: Quatre petites prières de Saint François d'Assise

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Poulenc: Figure humaine & Motets

Poulenc: Figure humaine & Motets


Poulenc:

Figure humaine

Quatre petites prières de Saint François d'Assise

Sept Chansons

Un soir de neige


“Technically expert singing from the RIAS choir, immaculately tuned, if occasionally a touch short on spontaneity.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2013 ****

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Poulenc: Figure Humaine

Poulenc: Figure Humaine


Poulenc:

Figure humaine

Mass in G major

Litanies à la Vierge noire

Salve Regina

Quatre petites prières de Saint François d'Assise

Un soir de neige


Tenebrae, Nigel Short (director)

Francis Poulenc is now considered to be among the most important composers of choral music of the 20th Century. Yet his early career reveals no trace of the dazzling and idiosyncratic unaccompanied choral textures so abundantly produced in the second half of his life. This new collection of Poulenc’s choral works, virtually a ‘best of’, is centered on his masterwork, Figure Humaine. Even though it is only 20 minutes in length, the work is a supreme test of stamina, technical agility, range, aural skill and musicianship. The professional chamber choir Tenebrae (directed by former King’s Singer Nigel Short) are more than capable of tackling this repertoire and this disc promises to provide a new benchmark in interpretations of the work.

“[Le Figure Humaine is] not only one of Poulenc's greatest achievements, but one of the 20th century's most extraordinary choral pieces, with its waves of voices climaxing in the great shouts of Liberté in the closing moments, which Tenebrae control quite beautifully.” The Guardian, 3rd June 2010 ****

“an impeccable disc” The Observer, 20th June 2010

“Poulenc had vocal expertise in mind when he wrote his choral music, and that is what he gets in this fine selection of six works...all performed with colour and skill by Tenebrae.” The Telegraph, 18th June 2010 ****

“Tenebrae is equal to every challenge. The tuning is impeccable, the phrasing intelligent and never forced, the balance always adjusted to the demands of Poulenc's textures...Not least, the sopranos float ethereally in the more lyrical moments...A disc to be treasured.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2010 *****

“pristine performances” Financial Times, June 2010

“For purity and precision of tone, and flawless intonation, Nigel Short’s chamber choir Tenebrae is pretty much unbeatable...It’s quite a whirl, but Tenebrae’s firm sense of pitch keeps them upright and their beauty radiates like a halo. Warm, affecting music, thrillingly performed.” The Times, 31st July 2010 ****

“Their singing has a precision of pitch, a rhythmic vigour and a musical focus few choirs can equal...Nigel Short, similarly, has studied these scores to the extent that he realises every tiny nuance of Poulenc's writing and produces that kind of performance that offers an almost transparent level of textural precision.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2010

CD Review

Critics' Disc of the Year - December 2010

BBC Music Magazine

Choral & Song Choice - August 2010

BBC Music Magazine Awards 2011

Choral Finalist

Signum - SIGCD197

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Rutter, Bernstein & Poulenc: Choral Works

Rutter, Bernstein & Poulenc: Choral Works


Bernstein:

Chichester Psalms

Clare College Choir, Wallace Collection, Timothy Brown

Poulenc:

Quatre petites prières de Saint François d'Assise

John English (tenor), Richard Pearce (organ)

Corydon Singers, Matthew Best

Litanies à la Vierge noire

Richard Pearce (organ)

Corydon Singers, Matthew Best

Exultate Deo

Richard Pearce (organ)

Corydon Singers, Matthew Best

Salve Regina

Richard Pearce (organ)

Corydon Singers, Matthew Best

Rutter:

Gloria

Clare College Choir, Wallace Collection, Timothy Brown


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Poulenc: Mass in G and other works

Poulenc: Mass in G and other works


Poulenc:

Quatre petites prières de Saint François d'Assise

Quatre motets pour un temps de pénitence

Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël

Salve Regina

Exultate Deo

Litanies à la Vierge noire


Helios - CDH55448

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Poulenc: Sacred & Secular Choral Music

Poulenc: Sacred & Secular Choral Music


Poulenc:

Quatre motets pour un temps de pénitence

Quatre petites prières de Saint François d'Assise

Ave verum corpus

Salve Regina

Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël

Exultate Deo

Laudes de Saint Antoine de Padoue

Mass in G major

Un soir de neige

Figure humaine

Chansons françaises

Chanson à boire

Petites voix

Sept Chansons


Although Poulenc’s choral works have been steadily climbing in the public’s estimation over the last few years, they have not yet won the status that the composer himself felt that they deserved.

This reissue appears to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Netherlands Chamber Choir. It is without a doubt the best recording the choir ever made. Both CD's received rave reviews in the French press when they first appeared. Under the inspiring direction of Eric Ericson the choir gives unearthly performances. Combining both the Sacred and the Secular choral works, this reissue is a true monument for the artistry of Poulenc. The absolute peak on this CD is the recording of La figure humaine – a piece Poulenc wrote to a text by Paul Eluard who depicts the horrors of war and the universal longing for freedom: Liberté!

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Marking the difference between them, this disc offers an insight into Poulenc’s return to religion with his sacred music for a cappella choir, juxtaposed with Poulenc as a humanist; his secular music for a cappella choir. Performed by the excellent Netherlands Chamber Choir and conducted by Eric Ericson, this disc is a fascinating survey of Poulenc’s choral works.

“What gloriously warm and uplifting music this is...Ericson draws superb singing, whether in the Romanesque devotional motets...or the robust earthniess of the early Chanson a boire.” Gramophone Magazine, April 2013

“it would be hard to better these performances. Clearly Ericson had prepared the choir impeccably with consistent purity of tone and an impressive transparency of texture displaying this music at its finest. In the sacred works there’s a satisfying degree of reverential expression and it is of such an elevated quality it feels almost mystical at times.” MusicWeb International, 19th April 2013

“A timely reminder of Poulenc's wonderful choral output, both sacred and secular. The performances are immaculate, if arguably a touch clinical.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2013 ****

Globe - GLO5254

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Pater Noster

Pater Noster

A Choral Reflection on The Lord’s Prayer


Bernstein:

Mass: The Lord's Prayer

Byrd:

Vigilate (from Cantiones sacrae 1589)

Despres:

Pater Noster

Duruflé:

Notre Père, Op. 14

Farrant, R:

Lord, for thy tender mercy's sake

Gregorian Chant:

Pater Noster

Harris, W:

Holy is the True Light

Hassler, H L:

Cantate Domino canticum novum

Lasso:

Domine Dominus noster

Ad te levavi animam meam

Palestrina:

Missa Papae Marcelli: Sanctus

Ego sum panis vivus

Poulenc:

Quatre petites prières de Saint François d'Assise

Purcell:

Remember not, O Lord, our offences, Z50

Schütz:

Die Himmel erzählen die Ehre Gottes, SWV 386

Vater unser, der du bist im Himmel

Stravinsky:

Pater Noster

Tavener:

The Lord's Prayer

Victoria:

Popule meus for 4 voices

Wood, C:

Oculi omnium

Zielenski:

Benedicimus Deum Coeli


David Hurley (countertenor), Timothy Wayne-Wright (countertenor), Paul Phoenix (tenor), Christopher Bruerton (baritone), Christopher Gabbitas (baritone) & Jonathan Howard (bass)

The King’s Singers

GRAMMY® Award winners in 2009, The King’s Singers are one of the world’s most celebrated ensembles. Their programming concept in this disc is unique: built upon the individual clauses of The Lord’s Prayer, beginning and ending in plainchant, it ranges over the centuries to explore the spiritually charged text. Chant is at the heart of the programme, and each composer’s setting illuminates the others, shedding rich interpretative light on the poetic and devotional aspects of the prayer.

One of the world’s most celebrated ensembles, The King’s Singers have a packed schedule of concerts, recordings, media and education work that spans the globe. Championing the work of both young and established composers, they are instantly recognisable for their spot-on intonation, impeccable vocal blend, flawless articulation of the text and incisive timing. They are also consummate entertainers: a class act with a delightfully British wit.

“There are few vocal ensembles that can work up a concept album like The King's Singers, and this somewhat disparate collection of sacred pieces blossoms into something rather wonderful...The performances have all the panache that we associate with this group” BBC Music Magazine, December 2012 *****

“what a rewarding CD this is, gloriously sung and perfectly recorded.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2012

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Half Monk / Half Rascal

Half Monk / Half Rascal

Vocal music by Francis Poulenc


Poulenc:

Sept Chansons

Quatre petites prières de Saint François d'Assise

Ave verum corpus

Un soir de neige

Laudes de Saint Antoine de Padoue

Chansons françaises

Chanson à boire


Danish National Vocal Ensemble, Stephen Layton

OUR Recordings is proud to announce the release of this great choir music by Francis Poulenc, which is standard repertoire for all professional choirs. On this release Stephen Layton and the Danish National Vocal Ensemble, put together a program representing both Poulenc`s secular and sacred choral music.

This cd is launched in connection to the much praised release of The Nightingale: “New Nordic Music for Recorder and Choir” (2011) with Michala Petri and Danish National Vocal Ensemble. One further CD is planned for next year.

Poulenc was a man of contradictions. The traditionalists called him a modernist, the modernists called him old-fashioned. The contradictions were almost glaring: a declared homosexual and devout Catholic in the first half of the twentieth century! Courageous? Indeed! He wrote modern music but couldn’t help creating melodies. That was to be both his good fortune and his misfortune. He knew so much about instruments and voices, and his music sounded so good that it could be regarded as poppish, and many people were loath to admit him to the serious musical world of Europe. Some snobs spoke of “French elegance”

“the Danish National Vocal Ensemble face some pretty stiff competition with his disc of unaccompanied Poulenc but they do not just hold their own; they sweep a lot of it aside. Under Stephen Layton's perceptive and often inspired direction, they capture the essential dichotomy of Poulenc's writing...this is a one-disc Poulenc compendium no Poulencophile should be without.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2012

“This is music which can make life feel worth living. Stephen Layton’s Danish choir give exemplary performances. At times there’s a welcome edge to the sound, a toughness, coupled with superb control...Fabulous, in other words.” The Arts Desk, 19th May 2012

“I have to say this is some of the most beautiful and moving choral singing I have ever heard. I suppose you could query the performance of the secular items in a resonant church. But it doesn't worry me, given the spirit and energy of the singing. Words too are crystal clear, with excellent French.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2012 *****

“It really is a superb disc, one of the finest collections of unaccompanied Poulenc choral music I have heard...Intonation is absolutely impeccable, and the vocal blend is perfect. The words, too, are very clear, with only the odd vowel, especially at the end of words such as “puisque” or “l’éternité”, betraying the fact that these are not native French speakers.” MusicWeb International, July 2012

GGramophone Awards 2012

Finalist - Choral

OUR Recordings - 8226906

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The Vicars Choral of Wells Cathedral


Byrd:

Defecit In Dolore

Delius:

Wanderer's Song

Despres:

Ave Maria

Gibbs, C A:

Tranquillity

Poulenc:

Quatre petites prières de Saint François d'Assise

Sheppard, J:

In pace in idipsum

Tallis:

Laudate Dominum

trad.:

Ev’ry time I feel the Spirit

Steal away

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot

Ezekiel saw de Wheel


The Vicars Choral of Wells Cathedral

This collection includes the highly successful & interesting arrangements of popular Negro spirituals, plus the lovely Four Prieres for St Francis of Assisi by Poulenc, amongst a good variety of music ideal for varied male voice harmonies...the history of the Vicars Choral at Wells dates back to 1136.

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Poulenc: Complete works for choir a cappella

Poulenc: Complete works for choir a cappella


Poulenc:

Exultate Deo

Salve Regina

Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël

Quatre motets pour un temps de pénitence

Kristina Hellgren (soprano)

Quatre petites prières de Saint François d'Assise

Tomas Jennbert (tenor)

Ave verum corpus

Laudes de Saint Antoine de Padoue

Mass in G major

Ann-Magreth Nyberg (soprano)

Sept Chansons

Chansons françaises

Torbjorn Hermansson (bass)

Chanson à boire

Torbjorn Hermansson (bass), Per Fernesten (baritone), Goran Levin (bass)

Petites voix

Un soir de neige

Figure humaine


Malmo Chamber Choir, Dan-Olof Stenlund

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Rutter - Gloria

Rutter - Gloria


Bernstein:

Chichester Psalms

Poulenc:

Quatre petites prières de Saint François d'Assise

Litanies à la Vierge noire

Exultate Deo

Salve Regina

Rutter:

Gloria


John English (tenor), Lawrence Zazzo (countertenor), Rachel Masters (harp) & Jonathan Brown (organ)

Choir of Clare College, Cambridge & Corydon Singers, Matthew Best & Timothy Brown

Here are dynamic modern performances of some of the most popular of all sacred vocal works written in the second half of the last century, expertly done by chamber choirs soaked in the tradition which the works themselves draw upon.

The Gloria is perhaps the best-known of the extended compositions by John Rutter, composer of such choral evergreens as A Gaelic Blessing and Shepherds’ Pipe Carol. Rutter’s setting fully captures the exuberance of the text, with sparkling orchestral colours and fullbodied choral parts.

Like the Gloria, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms (socalled because of the nature of their original commission, made in 1964 by the Dean of Chichester Cathedral, Walter Hussey) may be musically sophisticated in technical terms, but never at the expense of creating an instant impression or of serving the texts. The poignant treble solo in the second movement is still, along with ‘Maria’, one of Bernstein’s most imperishable melodies.

Poulenc, too, had melodies pouring out of him, though his settings of ancient liturgical texts (and rustic peasant prayers) in Litanies à la Vierge Noire, Quatre Petites Prières de Saint François d’Assise, Exsultate Deo and Salve Regina are in the more austere tradition of French sacred works.

Recordings date from 1995

Two of the finest chamber choirs in the English choral tradition, expertly directed and recorded

Booklet notes in English, with sung texts in the original language and English translation

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