POULENC: GLO­RIA; MOTETS

Polyphony, Choir of Trin­ity Col­lege, Cam­bridge, Brit­ten Sin­fo­nia/Stephen Lay­ton Hype­r­ion CDA 67623

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music Reviews - MICHAEL DER­VAN

Poulenc’s 1959 Glo­ria con­tains some of the most ju­bi­lant pas­sages by a com­poser who was uniquely gifted in the cap­tur­ing of high spir­its in mu­sic. And this new per­for­mance un­der Stephen Lay­ton is one of the most ju­bi­lant record­ings of it. As an ex­am­ple of ac­com­plished per­form­ers let­ting their hair down it all works a treat. But there are down­sides. The singers in his choir, Polyphony, can cre­ate un­marked ac­cents in the way they bounce off the ends of phrases, and Lay­ton en­cour­ages bois­ter­ous or­ches­tral re­sponses, which cre­ate an ef­fect not un­like turn­ing up the colour and con­trast set­tings on a TV screen. The glory of the singing, trea­sur­able of it­self, is not al­ways ex­actly what the com­poser or­dered. www.hype­r­ion-records.co.uk

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