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|Charles Gounod, Georges Prêtre, Nouvel Orchestre Philharmonique|
Gounod - St. Cecilia Mass / Hendricks, Dale, Lafont, Pretre
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Glorious, passionate, & inspiring!
Wite Nite | Fairhope, Alabama | 11/13/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is church music as God must have intended! Lush, powerful, and uninhibited praise! The credo in particular is awesome. A must have for anyone who appreciates choral music. The recording is excellent."
Fantasic - melodic, and emotional
Wite Nite | 06/15/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I heard this piece as a kid and was lucky to find it here on Amazone. Wow, it's a wonderful recording - you can listen to it as a liturgical piece or simply as great music. The voices are clear and rich, the cadence is brisk and lush. You'll love it!"
Fine music, deep religious music, excelent performance!
Dr. Armando R. Trigueiros | 9760 Praia da Vitória, Azores Portugal | 11/22/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"When I was a teenager I heard for the first time the Sanctus of this Gounod Mass in a radio broadcast. I was so found of it, that a never forgot the melody of the Sanctus for many years, till I purchase in a local CD's store, this EMI disc. Imediatly I thaught that it should be a great perfomance for the conductor was Goerges Prête, and Barbara Hendricks the soprano soloist. I had recently view Barbara Handricks singing the Rückert Lieder and the Fourth Symphony , both by Mahler in Lisbon with the Gulbenkian Foundation Orchestra. I was astonished with her voice and singing. When I playd the dis in my equipment I became acquented for the first time with the entire mass. For years I was looking for this disc (here in Azores is very dificult to buy classical CD's)! Finally I had the recording. The mass is a wonder, rich in melody and expression, luminous spirituality and... and the magnificent Sanctus! The perfomace is quite discret and soft, but full of religious feeling. Barbara Handricks is obviously superb and the tenor Laurence Dale very fine and delicate in the Sanctus. The choral singing is first class. Goerge Prête is again a very expressive conductor, serious, without enfatuation, precisely acording to the spirit of the music. I knew, afterwords, other versions of the Gounod' Cecilia Mass, but I never find any as good as this one. A must for all lovers of choral and religous music."