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Hyperion Records

GAW21017 - Martin: Mass; Pizzetti: Messa di Requiem
Votive Offering (1900) by Wilhelm List (1864-1918)
GAW21017

Recording details: July 1997
Westminster Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Arthur Johnson
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: September 2003
Total duration: 70 minutes 0 seconds

GRAMOPHONE RECORDING OF THE YEAR 1998
BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE BEST OF THE YEAR
PENGUIN GUIDE ROSETTE
RECORD OF THE YEAR, HI FI CHOICE

'For connoisseurs of choral music this is an essential buy. Outstanding performances of two rarely heard 20th-century masterpieces' (Classic CD)

'Magnificent' (Gramophone)

'Gloriously sung. This certainly deserves to become a classic recording' (BBC Record Review)

'A recording of arresting immediacy and musical richness' (BBC Music Magazine)

'I have been glued to my seat discovering this quite wonderful work [Pizzetti]. The performance needs no further reecommendation; it is utterly compelling' (Organists' Review)

'Martin's Mass is a life-enhancing creation of enormous invention and fervour. The Requiem by Pizzetti is simply ravishing. The recordings are superb' (Hi Fi News)

'Westminster Cathedral Choir here produces one of its most inspired offerings yet. This is one of the purest and finest choral recordings I have ever heard' (Church Times)

'A work of surpassing beauty which will be a revelation to those who have not encountered it before, particularly in this fervent and inspired performance.' (The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)

'Both works are simply among the most beautiful pieces of music ever written. A most beguiling combination of melody and harmony, performed here with technical near-perfection and a magnificent range of emotional colour' (Hi Fi Choice)

'Quite remarkable' (International Record Review)

Martin: Mass; Pizzetti: Messa di Requiem

'One of the greatest a cappella works written this century'; so writes Gramophone's Marc Rochester in the sleeve note to this recording, and this is no exaggeration. Written in 1922, with a devastatingly effective Agnus Dei being added in 1926, Frank Martin's Mass for double choir is a truly wonderful work, combining intensely personal moments of religious contemplation with outbursts of overwhelming glory.

Pizzetti's Messa di Requiem, also composed in 1922, is a work firmly steeped in the Gregorian tradition, Pizzetti weaving an intriguing twentieth-century web over the familiar tunes.

Also included on this recording are Martin's Passacaille, the composer's only work for solo organ, and Pizzetti's De profundis, dedicated by way of apology to a colleague on whom Pizzetti had previously vented his infamous foul temper.

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