Poulenc: Gloria; Motets

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
This is an appealing single disc of Poulenc's sacred choral music. Performed by the English choral group Polyphony and directed by seasoned conductor Stephen Layton, Poulenc's sacred music here sounds bright, deep, and joyous -- which, of course, it was. A born-again Catholic, Poulenc celebrated his religion with unrelentingly optimistic works that affirmed life and exalted the afterlife. From the biggest work here -- the Gloria for chorus, orchestra, and soprano solo -- to the smallest -- the Exultate Deo for chorus alone lasting two and a half minutes -- this is music of unswerving faith. Even in the darker "Quatre motets pour un temps de pénitence," the essential ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
This is an appealing single disc of Poulenc's sacred choral music. Performed by the English choral group Polyphony and directed by seasoned conductor Stephen Layton, Poulenc's sacred music here sounds bright, deep, and joyous -- which, of course, it was. A born-again Catholic, Poulenc celebrated his religion with unrelentingly optimistic works that affirmed life and exalted the afterlife. From the biggest work here -- the Gloria for chorus, orchestra, and soprano solo -- to the smallest -- the Exultate Deo for chorus alone lasting two and a half minutes -- this is music of unswerving faith. Even in the darker "Quatre motets pour un temps de pénitence," the essential radiance transforms contrition into consolation. Polyphony brings a pure, warm tone, and crisp ensemble to this recording, making the works sound both monumental and intimate at the same time. Clarion soprano Susan Gritton is splendid in her three movements in the Gloria, and the Britten Sinfonia is both forceful and accommodating throughout the work. Though devoted Poulenc aficionados will already have their favorite French performances of these works, Layton and Polyphony's recordings deserve to be heard. Recorded in All Hallows Church in Gospel Oak, London, in 2007, Hyperion's digital sound is big, brilliant, and colorful.
San Francisco Chronicle - Joshua Kosman
A sparkling performance, graced by tender, shapely solos from soprano Susan Gritton.
The Guardian - Andrew Clements
This collection is all exquisitely done, in a slightly cool and detached English choral tradition way, and also impeccably recorded.
Daily Telegraph - Matthew Rye
This is a real treat. Polyphony brings its characteristic incisiveness, precision and evenness of tone to Poulenc's unaccompanied Lenten and Christmas motets, Salve regina and Exultate Deo.

This collection is all exquisitely done, in a slightly cool and detached English choral tradition way, and also impeccably recorded.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/11/2008
  • Label: Hyperion Uk
  • UPC: 034571176239
  • Catalog Number: 67623
  • Sales rank: 136,701

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–6 Gloria, for soprano, chorus & orchestra, FP 177 - Francis Poulenc & Britten Sinfonia (23:53)
  2. 2 Salve Regina, for chorus, FP 110 - Francis Poulenc & Stephen Layton (4:43)
  3. 8–11 Quatre motets pour un temps de pénitence, for chorus, FP 97 - Francis Poulenc & Stephen Layton (14:03)
  4. 12–15 Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël, for chorus, FP 152 - Francis Poulenc & Stephen Layton (10:10)
  5. 13 Exultate Deo, motet for solemn occasions, for chorus, FP 109 - Francis Poulenc & Stephen Layton (2:43)
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Polyphony Primary Artist
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