Movement 1: Le monde dans l'attente du Sauveur
Movement 2: Nativité
Movement 3: Crucifixion
Movement 4: Résurrection
The first movement, ‘Le monde dans l’attente du Sauveur’, presents Iesu redemptor omnium as a quiet second subject in contrast to the agitated pulsing of the opening main theme, over which the plainsong ultimately triumphs. ‘Nativité’ seems to describe first the crib and then the Wise Men’s approach, before finally presenting Adeste fideles against a gentle background. The ostinato rhythms and cruel, jagged harmonies of ‘Crucifixion’ resolve into a simple, quiet treatment of Stabat mater dolorosa, while ‘Résurrection’ is a vast crescendo based entirely on the Eucharistic hymn Adoro te devote.
from notes by Felix Aprahamian © 1998