O Sacrum Convivium - French Sacred Choral Works
Catalog: CHAN 10842
Choir of Saint John's College, Cambridge; Nethsingha
Composed by: Vierne; Poulenc; Langlais; Messiaen
This new disc with the Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge under Andrew Nethsingha – recording exclusively for Chandos – pays homage to French early 20th c. sacred choral music.Louis Vierne and Jean Langlais employ modern chromatic harmonic language and colorful organ writing in their respective Messes solennelles.Messiaen’s motet O sacrum convivium! is his only published contribution to liturgical choral music.Aside Poulenc’s Four Lenten Motets we hear his late four short prayers ‘by St Francis of Assisi’, a work for a male choir of tenors that exhibits remarkable variety of color.