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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

Recordings
'Fauré: Requiem & other choral works' (CDA30008)
Fauré: Requiem & other choral works
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'Fauré: Requiem & other sacred music' (CDA66292)
Fauré: Requiem & other sacred music
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Details
Movement 1: Kyrie
Movement 2: Sanctus
Movement 3: Benedictus
Movement 4: Agnus Dei

Messe Basse
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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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Details for CDA66292 track 11
Benedictus
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-89-29211
Duration
2'20
Recording date
10 February 1989
Recording venue
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Fauré: Requiem & other choral works (CDA30008)
    Disc 1 Track 11
    Release date: October 2010
    Hyperion 30th Anniversary series
  2. Fauré: Requiem & other sacred music (CDA66292)
    Disc 1 Track 11
    Release date: September 1989
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