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Track(s) taken from CDA66421/2

L'hymne du Pape, S530

composer
circa 1864

Leslie Howard (piano)
Recording details: December 1989
St Peter's Church, Petersham, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Release date: October 1990
Total duration: 2 minutes 57 seconds

Cover artwork: The Plains of Heaven (detail) (1851/3) by John Martin (1789-1854)
 
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Reviews

'Howard, catching the authentic tinge of hysteria, mounts swiftly upwards in an ecstasy that burns away awareness of mere notes' (Classic CD)
L’Hymne du Pape appeared in versions for piano and organ, and was later transformed into the mighty ‘Tu es Petrus’ movement of the oratorio Christus. A version with voices and organ entitled ‘Dall’ alma Roma’, written, like the present version, in honour of Pope Pius IX, remains in rather chaotic manuscript. A pity, because it would surely have been taken up as a national hymn in Italy, whose present national anthem is among the least musically distinguished in the world!

from notes by Leslie Howard 1990

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