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Tantum ergo, Op 55

author of text
from Pange lingua, Hymn for Corpus Christi

This is the earliest of three settings by Fauré of the Tantum ergo hymn. Set for tenor soloist and five-part choir (the basses are divided), the accompaniment is that most beguiling of French creations—harp and organ. This is church music that borders on the gestures of opera. Fauré often hankered after writing an opera, and there is no doubt that he could have overcome all of the specifically musical problems associated with the genre. But Fauré’s vocal drama was at its best when understated and delivered to well-known religious texts, as here.

from notes by Jeremy Summerly © 2017


Fauré: Requiem & other sacred music
Studio Master: CDA68209Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 19 on CDA68209 [3'03]

Track-specific metadata for CDA68209 track 19

Recording date
22 February 2015
Recording venue
Christ Church, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Recording producer
Malcolm Bruno
Recording engineer
Mateusz Zechowski
Hyperion usage
  1. Fauré: Requiem & other sacred music (CDA68209)
    Disc 1 Track 19
    Release date: November 2017
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