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

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Movement 1: Kyrie
Movement 2: Gloria
Movement 3: Sanctus
Track 3 on CDH55448 [2'36] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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Movement 4: Benedictus
Movement 5: Agnus Dei

Mass in G major
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

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Details for CDA66664 track 5
Agnus Dei
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 5
    Release date: March 1994
    Deletion date: January 2011
    Superseded by CDH55448
  2. Poulenc: Mass & Motets (CDH55448)
    Disc 1 Track 5
    Release date: October 2013
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
  3. Hyperion monthly sampler – October 2013 (HYP201310)
    Disc 1 Track 10
    Release date: October 2013
    Download-only monthly sampler
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