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Charpentier: Messe De Minuit Pour Noël - Poulenc: Motets

Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge, City of London Sinfonia, George Guest

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"The choir’s silk-sheen sound brings Poulenc motets to perfection."
- South Wales Argus

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Messe de minuit pour Noël  
1
Kyrie
Marc-Antoine Charpentier; Alan Walker; Alistair Flutter; James Turnbull; Ben Cooper; Andrew Rupp; Robert Huw Morgan; Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge; City of London Sinfonia; George Guest
4:21
2
Gloria
Marc-Antoine Charpentier; Alan Walker; Alistair Flutter; James Turnbull; Ben Cooper; Andrew Rupp; Robert Huw Morgan; Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge; City of London Sinfonia; George Guest
6:46
3
Credo
Marc-Antoine Charpentier; Alan Walker; Alistair Flutter; James Turnbull; Ben Cooper; Andrew Rupp; Robert Huw Morgan; Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge; City of London Sinfonia; George Guest
12:25
4
Sanctus and Benedictus
Marc-Antoine Charpentier; Alan Walker; Alistair Flutter; James Turnbull; Ben Cooper; Andrew Rupp; Robert Huw Morgan; Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge; City of London Sinfonia; George Guest
2:48
5
Agnus Dei
Marc-Antoine Charpentier; Alan Walker; Alistair Flutter; James Turnbull; Ben Cooper; Andrew Rupp; Robert Huw Morgan; Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge; City of London Sinfonia; George Guest
3:18
Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël  
6
I. O magnum mysterium
Francis Poulenc; Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge; City of London Sinfonia; George Guest
3:00
7
II. Quem vidistis pastores dicite
Francis Poulenc; Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge; City of London Sinfonia; George Guest
2:15
8
III. Videntes stellam
Francis Poulenc; Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge; City of London Sinfonia; George Guest
2:43
9
IV. Hodie Christus natus est
Francis Poulenc; Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge; City of London Sinfonia; George Guest
2:18
10
Salve Regina
Francis Poulenc; Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge; City of London Sinfonia; George Guest
3:34
Quatre motets pour un temps de pénitence  
11
I. Timore et tremor
Francis Poulenc; Alan Walker; Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge; City of London Sinfonia; George Guest
3:09
12
II. Vinea mea electa
Francis Poulenc; Alan Walker; Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge; City of London Sinfonia; George Guest
3:46
13
III. Tenebrae factae sunt
Francis Poulenc; Alan Walker; Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge; City of London Sinfonia; George Guest
4:06
14
IV. Tristis est anima mea
Francis Poulenc; Alan Walker; Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge; City of London Sinfonia; George Guest
3:13
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    57:42
"... offers beautiful performances of these attractive French choral works."
- Canberra Times

This collection of works by Charpentier and Poulenc is beautifully performed by the St John's College Choir, directed by George Guest. Charpentier's Midnight Mass for Christmas, in which each movement is based on a traditional French carol or noël, has long been a holiday and choral favourite. Also on this programme are the wonderful, unaccompanied Four Christmas Motets and Four Lenten Motets, as well as an independent Salve Regina by Poulenc.
48 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Chandos Studio Masters

Recording venue: St John’s College Chapel, Cambridge; July 28 - 29, 1988
Recording producer: Brian Couzens
Sound engineer: Ralph Couzens
Assistant engineer: Janet Middlebrook
Editor: Tim Oldham
Front cover: Our Lady Worshipping the Child c.1518–20 by Correggio (Antonio Allegri) (C) Bridgeman Art Library
Design and typesetting: Cassidy Rayne Creative

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