Joseph Jongen: Mass for choir, organ and brass; Flor Peeters: Missa Festiva

Joseph Jongen: Mass for choir, organ and brass; Flor Peeters: Missa Festiva

by Choir of King's College, Cambridge
     
 

David Hill leads the Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge in performances of two contemporaneous masses by Belgian composers. Joseph Jongen wrote five movements of his "Messe en l'honneur du Saint-Sacrement," with brass and organ accompaniment, in thanksgiving for his son's release from Buchenwald in 1945, and added a Credo in 1948. Flor…  See more details below

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David Hill leads the Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge in performances of two contemporaneous masses by Belgian composers. Joseph Jongen wrote five movements of his "Messe en l'honneur du Saint-Sacrement," with brass and organ accompaniment, in thanksgiving for his son's release from Buchenwald in 1945, and added a Credo in 1948. Flor Peeters wrote his "Missa Festiva" in 1947. In spite of its date of composition, Jongen's mass sounds like it could have been written at least a generation earlier. It's a lyrical and harmonically rich piece that's recognizably part of the French tradition, with musical ties to Fauré and Franck. Peeters' "Missa Festiva," in spite of its title, includes several somber movements, including a haunting Kyrie. Part of its character comes from the use of plainsong as the basis for some of it movements. Peeters has a more modern sensibility than Jongen; while his melodic writing is consistently lyrical, his harmonic language is leaner, and his extensive use of choral unison locates the work as a product of its own time. Each mass is fully successful in terms of its own aesthetic, and each has moments of transcendence. The CD also includes three serene solo motets Jongen wrote early in his career. The men and boys Choir of St. John's sings with sweet, well-blended tone, and with nuanced phrasing. Hyperion's sound is nicely resonant, capturing both the grandeur and intimacy of the music, and the balance is good.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/08/2007
Label:
Hyperion Uk
UPC:
0034571176031
catalogNumber:
67603

Tracks

  1. Mass for chorus, brass & organ, Op. 130  - Joseph Jongen  -  Choir of King's College, Cambridge  - David Hill  - Simon Perry  - Peter Morton  - Peter Morton  - Gareth Johnson  - Quintin Beer  - Paul Provost  - Alexander Robarts  - Richard Wilberforce  - Emile Fabry  - London City Brass  - Thomas Gould
  2. Deus Abraham, motet for a wedding service, for voice, violin & organ, W 150  - Joseph Jongen  - Simon Perry  - Peter Morton  - Paul Provost  - Emile Fabry  - Thomas Gould
  3. Motets (2), for voice & organ, W 71: No. 1 Pie Jesu  - Joseph Jongen  - Simon Perry  - Paul Provost  - Alexander Robarts  - Emile Fabry
  4. Motets (3), for voice, violin & organ, W 99: No. 1 Quid sum miser?  - Joseph Jongen  - Simon Perry  - Gareth Johnson  - Paul Provost  - Emile Fabry  - Thomas Gould
  5. Missa Festiva, Op. 62  - Flor Peeters  -  Choir of King's College, Cambridge  - David Hill  - Simon Perry  - Robert Short  - Paul Provost  - Emile Fabry

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