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Two Motets, Op 65

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

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


Fauré: Requiem & other sacred music
CSCD520Download only
Fauré: Requiem & other sacred music
Studio Master: CDA68209Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Fauré: Requiem & other sacred music
Stillness and Sweet Harmony
CSCD502Download only


No 1: Ave verum
Track 14 on CDA68209 [3'33]
Track 14 on CDA66292 [3'37]
Track 8 on CSCD520 [3'37] Download only
No 2: Tantum ergo
Track 17 on CDA68209 [2'24]
Track 13 on CDA66292 [2'21]
Track 9 on CSCD520 [2'28] Download only
Track 10 on CSCD502 [2'28] Download only

Track-specific metadata for CDA66292 track 13

Tantum ergo
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 13
    Release date: October 2010
    Deletion date: October 2020
    Hyperion 30th Anniversary series — Superseded by CDA66292
  2. Fauré: Requiem & other sacred music (CDA66292)
    Disc 1 Track 13
    Release date: September 1989
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