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The Choir of New College Oxford
David Newsholme, Nicholas Wearne organ
Directed by Edward Higginbottom
"This is the first in a series of three discs exploring 20th-century choral music. ...Poulenc takes centre-stage, his Four little Prayers for St Francis of Assisi and Mass in G major among eight works given the Rolls Royce treatment by a choir as strong on intensity and commitment as crystal-clear of voice and vision."
1 Salve Regina
Quatre petites prières de Saint François d'Assise
2 (i) Salut, Dame Sainte
3 (ii) Tout puissant, très saint
4 (iii) Seigneur, je vous en prie
5 (iv) Omes très chers frères
6 Exultate Deo
7 O sacrum convivium
David Newsholme - organ
8 Quem vidistis pastores dicite
9 Videntes stellam
10 Attende Domine, opus 45
11 O magnum mysterium
12 Hodie Christus natus est
Messe en sol majeur
17 Agnus Dei
18 Panis angelicus, opus 80
19 Hymne à la Vierge, op 24
20 Litanies à la Vierge noire
Nicholas Wearne - organ
Total Playing time: 70'30'' DDD
Recorded 21-25 August 2005 in L'Abbaye de Saint Michel-en-Thierache, France
"Throughout the disc Higginbottom draws exemplary clarity of texture from his New College choristers; the tantalizing, almost acidic harmonies of all these pieces are laid out like jewels ready for the closest of inspections.
"Moments of beauty (and they come thick and fast) are deliciously understated ... for performances which are full of musical and artistic integrity and a real sense of involvement with the music, these from New College, Oxford are in a class of their own."
International Record Review
"All is well tuned and enthusiastically sung ... and impeccably recorded, with good presentation and background notes."
"There is much in the recital to give pleasure and edification..."
BBC Music Magazine