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The two pipe organs in Saint-Sulpice in Paris are featured with massed choirs on this unique choral and organ recording. The focal point of this recording is Charles-Marie Widor's Mass, Opus 26 which was originally written for double chorus and two organs, forces readily available at Saint-Sulpice in his time. Widor's idea was to compose music that reflected the grandeur of the Mass, in such a vast space as Saint-Sulpice. Phillippe Bellenot was the choir organist at Saint-Sulpice in Widor's time and they often collaborated, performing each other's compositions. Among Bellenot's works on this recording are his "Tu es Petrus", "Ave Maria" and "Quam dilecta". In this recording, skillful improvisations by Daniel Roth set the stage for each sung work or movement of the Mass, much as one would have heard at Saint-Sulpice during Mass in the time of Lefébure-Wély, and later Widor and Bellenot.
This recording comes with extensive documentation: notes on the music, stoplist and numerous photos and a written interview with the artist.
There are no CD copies of this release. It can be immediately downloaded from iTunes. You have the option to download this recording as a 16-bit WAVE file from Abeille Music in France.
|2||Prelude improvisation based on the Kyrie from the Mass setting Orbis factor|
|3||Mass, Op. 36: Kyrie||Charles-Marie Widor|
|4||Mass, Op. 36: Gloria||Charles-Marie Widor|
|6||Ave Maria for mixed voices||Philippe Bellenot|
|7||Mass, Op. 36: Sanctus||Charles-Marie Widor|
|9||Mass, Op. 36: Benedictus||Charles-Marie Widor|
|10||Prelude improvisation to the Agnus Dei|
|11||Mass, Op. 36: Agnus Dei||Charles-Marie Widor|
|12||Communion improvisation based on the Agnus Dei from the Mass setting Orbis factor||Charles-Marie Widor|
|13||O Salutaris||Louis James Alfred Lefebure-Wely|
|14||Postlude improvisation on Salve Regina|
|15||Improvisation||Louis James Alfred Lefebure-Wely|
|16||Tantum ergo||Philippe Bellenot|
|18||Tu es Petrus||Philippe Bellenot|
|20||Ave Maria||Philippe Bellenot|
|22||Quam dilecta||Charles-Marie Widor|
Photographs of the Pipe Organ and Location