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Front photograph by Malcolm Crowthers
Track(s) taken from CDH55448
Recording details: September 1993
Westminster Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: March 1994
Total duration: 3 minutes 7 seconds

'The Westminster boys display an uncanny empathy with these miniature masterpieces. Their musicianship shines through every carefully measured phrase and dynamic' (BBC Music Magazine Top 1000 CDs Guide)

'One of the richest choral experiences of 1994' (Choir & Organ)

'A beautiful disc … a performance of the Mass which is utterly captivating … I have to confess to being completely bowled over by these gems' (CDReview)

Exultate Deo
composer
1941; 4vv
author of text
Psalm 81

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Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
In 1941, midway between the Lenten motets and Figure humaine, Poulenc composed Exultate Deo. It responds suitably to its jubilant text, and features a rare case for Poulenc of paired, imitative entries at the outset. Those studies of Bach chorales with Koechlin set him along a predominantly chordal, homophonic path when writing for voices, but here his knowledge of music by Monteverdi, Palestrina and Gabrieli briefly shines through. This piece breezes through some unlikely keys in the middle—from its core A major, through F sharp major to C major to C sharp major. It is fluent, cheeky, listen-to-what-I-can-do writing. The motet’s climax, on the words ‘Buccinate in neomenia tuba’, features a remarkable effect with rumbling lower voices in parallel triads, and a final shriek of marcato dissonance whose echo collides with the grand, solemn coda.

from notes by Meurig Bowen © 2008


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