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Track(s) taken from CDA66292

Two Motets, Op 65

author of text
No 2: from Pange lingua by St Thomas Aquinas

Corydon Singers, English Chamber Orchestra, Matthew Best (conductor)
Recording details: February 1989
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: September 1989
Total duration: 5 minutes 58 seconds

Cover artwork: Cathedral in Winter (1821) by Ernst Ferdinand Oehme (1797-1855)
Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Gemäldegalerie, Dresden

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'Ethereally beautiful' (The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)

'An outstanding choral performance by the Corydon Singers—warm and dark-toned' (The Independent)

'Recommended without hesitation' (Classic CD)

'If you're looking for a Fauré Requiem look no further' (Stereophile)
The two short motets both date from 1894, when Fauré was in charge of the music at the Madeleine and before he took up his professorship at the Conservatoire. The Tantum ergo, for three-part female choir with soloists and organ accompaniment, is one of three settings he made of the text. The Ave verum is a duet for soprano and countertenor (or tenor and baritone) with organ. Both are pleasant enough, if a little simplistic.

from notes by Wadham Sutton © 1989

Les deux courts motets datent de 1894, quand Fauré, qui n’était pas encore professeur au Conservatoire, était en charge de la musique à la Madeleine. Le Tantum ergo pour chœur féminin à trois parties avec solistes et accompagnement d’orgue, est l’une des trois versions qu’il fit de ce texte. L’Ave verum est un duo pour soprano et contre-ténor (ou ténor et baryton) avec orgue. Tous deux ne manquent pas de charme, même s’ils sont un peu simplistes.

extrait des notes rédigées par Wadham Sutton © 1989
Français: Hypérion

Die beiden kurzen Motetten stammen aus dem Jahr 1894, als Fauré für die Musik an der Madeleine zuständig war und bevor er seine Professur am Konservatorium antrat. Das Tantum ergo für dreistimmigen Frauenchor mit Soli und Orgelbegleitung ist eine von drei Vertonungen, die er für diesen Text anfertigte. Das Ave verum ist ein Duett für Sopran und Alt (oder Tenor und Bariton) mit Orgel. Beide sind gefällig, wenn auch etwas simpel gehalten.

aus dem Begleittext von Wadham Sutton © 1989
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel

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