Hyperion Records

Salve regina
In 1941, midway between the Lenten motets and Figure humaine, Poulenc composed Salve regina. It has a sustained calm, never deviates from a simple four-part texture, and perhaps most strikingly, in an understated work, uses up the final nineteen bars intoning only the words ‘dulcis Virgo Maria’—dans le style d’une complainte (an expression of grief, and perhaps still Poulenc’s grief at the Rocamadour shrine for his friend Ferroud?).

from notes by Meurig Bowen © 2008

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Details for CDH55448 track 20
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 20
    Release date: March 1994
    Deletion date: January 2011
    Superseded by CDH55448
  2. Poulenc: Mass & Motets (CDH55448)
    Disc 1 Track 20
    Release date: October 2013
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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