BBC Music Magazine - - Choral & Song Reviews - Re­viewed by Ge­orge Hall

Gounod Sa­cred Choral Mu­sic

Carus 83.490 (2005) 65:10 mins

Much of it writ­ten for am­a­teur forces, Gounod’s church mu­sic is un­even in qual­ity, though these ex­pertly con­trolled, well-recorded ac­counts by the I Vo­cal­isti Cham­ber Choir give a good idea of its po­ten­tial. ★★★

La­lande Grands Motets

Har­mo­nia Mundi HAF 8901351 (1998) 64:19 mins Court com­poser to both Louis XIV and Louis XV, La­lande is rep­re­sented by three ex­am­ples of a form in which he ex­celled, de­liv­ered by Wil­liam Christie and his reg­u­lar forces with del­i­cacy and bril­liance. ★★★★★

Rossini Petite Messe solen­nelle

Har­mo­nia Mundi HMG 501724 (2001) 80:24 mins There’s a sense of dis­ci­pline and neat­ness to Mar­cus Creed’s ac­count of Rossini’s am­bigu­ous Mass set­ting which brings out the fre­quent mu­si­cal de­lights of the score; care­fully sung and touch­ingly played. ★★★★

Hein­rich Schütz Sa­cred Choral Mu­sic 1648

Ron­deau Pro­duc­tion ROP702122 (1992)

154:40 mins (2 discs)

Schütz’s sub­stan­tial pub­lished col­lec­tion re­ceives a pi­o­neer­ing his­tor­i­cally-in­formed record­ing, made with love as well as imag­i­na­tion and in an ap­pro­pri­ate acous­tic by the boys choir’s founder/con­duc­tor

Heinz Hen­nig. ★★★★★

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