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Cathedral in Winter (1821) by Ernst Ferdinand Oehme (1797-1855)
Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Gemäldegalerie, Dresden
Track(s) taken from CDA66292
Recording details: February 1989
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: September 1989
Total duration: 9 minutes 18 seconds

'Ethereally beautiful' (The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)

'An outstanding choral performance by the Corydon Singers—warm and dark-toned' (The Independent)

'Recommended without hesitation' (Classic CD)

'If you're looking for a Fauré Requiem look no further' (Stereophile)

Messe Basse
composer
originally composed in 1881 in collaboration with André Messager whose movements, Kyrie and O salutaris, were dropped and replaced in December 1906 by Fauré's own Kyrie and Benedictus, itself a re-working of the Gloria discarded from the original version
author of text
Ordinary of the Mass

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The Messe Basse (infelicitously named since, strictly speaking, a ‘Low Mass’ is one without music) had an even more complicated birth than the Requiem. It was undertaken in 1881 as a joint endeavour by Fauré and André Messager (the latter best known perhaps for his ballet Les deux pigeons and the opera Madame Chrysanthème). Of the five movements (‘Kyrie’, ‘Gloria’, ‘Sanctus’, ‘O Salutaris’ and ‘Agnus Dei’), three (‘Gloria’, ‘Sanctus’, ‘Agnus Dei’) were by Fauré, the other two by Messager. The setting was for three-part female choir with soloists, accompanied by a harmonium and a solo violin, although shortly after the first performance it was orchestrated, mainly by Messager (Fauré scored the ‘Agnus Dei’). The final version, omitting Messager’s movements but with a new ‘Kyrie’ by Fauré and a ‘Benedictus’ based on part of the now-abandoned ‘Gloria’, was completed in December 1906. In this four-movement version the orchestral accompaniment was replaced by an organ. The music, entirely by Fauré, is technically undemanding and has a certain Gallic charm.

from notes by Wadham Sutton © 1989

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