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Mass in G major
composer
August 1937; dedicated to the composer's father
author of text
Ordinary of the Mass

Recordings
'Poulenc: Mass & Motets' (CDH55448)
Poulenc: Mass & Motets
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55448  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
'The Music of Westminster Cathedral' (WCC100)
The Music of Westminster Cathedral
Buy by post £4.50 WCC100  Super-budget price sampler  
Details
Movement 1: Kyrie
Movement 2: Gloria
Movement 3: Sanctus
Track 3 on CDH55448 [2'36] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Track 6 on WCC100 [2'36] Super-budget price sampler
Movement 4: Benedictus
Movement 5: Agnus Dei

Mass in G major
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The difficult Messe en sol majeur completed in August 1937 is one of the most important a cappella works to be written this century. It is dedicated to the memory of the composer’s father; the dedication, twenty years after his death, is a testament the depth of feeling hidden inside Poulenc and released through his new encounter with Roman Catholicism. The work is a missa brevis—that is to say that the Credo is omitted. The central section of the Kyrie (at the words ‘Christe eleison’) is one of the most beautiful passages in all of Poulenc’s choral music. This composer is capable of great tenderness in his musical compositions, and this is perhaps demonstrated most clearly in the haunting solo treble line of the Agnus Dei.

It is interesting that some of the musical gestures learned in his youth and through Les Six gain a seriousness in his choral works which is most refreshing: the bass line at ‘Qui tollis peccata mundi’ in the Gloria of the Messe; the frequent use of detaché chords and the whimsical nature of the Sanctus.

from notes by William McVicker © 1994

Track-specific metadata
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Details for CDA66664 track 1
Kyrie
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-94-66401
Duration
3'36
Recording date
16 September 1993
Recording venue
Westminster Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Poulenc: Mass & Motets (CDA66664)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: March 1994
    Deletion date: January 2011
    Superseded by CDH55448
  2. Poulenc: Mass & Motets (CDH55448)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: October 2013
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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