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Duruflé Cum Jubilo Mass at Seminary in Vatican City

Recording of the choir at the North American College singing the Duruflé Messe Cum jubilo. Stephen Tharp,
organist; Chris Berry, director. Mascioni Pipe Organ.
Product number: 181
Sales price: $18.95
PERMANENTLY OUT OF STOCK: See Below to Download on iTunes.

Roman Catholic Mass recorded in Vatican City by the Seminary Choir of the Pontifical North American College. This recording features the Maurice Duruflé setting of the Mass based on the "Cum Jubilo" chant. Duruflé was one of the most sublime composers of organ, choral and ecclesiastical music in the 20th century, and indeed, in history. The Catholic Church has a great deal of music in her treasury with Gregorian chants assigned to feast days, some of which are the most beautiful and refined in the entire chant repertory. The 12th-century Gregorian chant Mass IX, traditionally titled "Cum Jubilo", is meant to be sung on feasts of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Duruflé wrote two major choral works based on Gregorian chant: his Requiem, for mixed voices; and his Messe "Cum Jubilo", based on the plainsong Mass IX, for unison baritone choir and a baritone soloist. In both, he uses the traditional chants as a basis for his composition, but surrounds the chant with his own unique transcendent harmonies. It is this Mass setting the seminarians learned to sing. This recording is not a live Mass, but was recorded in sessions in the seminary's chapel. Christopher Berry, then Director of Liturgical Music, directs the choir and Stephen Tharp is the organist. There are six improvisations by Mr. Tharp including verses improvised in alternatim on "Gloriosa dicta sunt de te", mode VIII, with the choir, as well as Processional and Sortie. The chant accompaniments were written by Christopher Berry after the style of Duruflé. The pipe organ in the chapel is an excellent instrument of 66-ranks and 3-manuals, built in 1953 by Mascioni Organs, Opus 630, and designed by Fernando Germani. A full stop list is included. The full recording downloads with a 32-page PDF booklet. There are essays on the Seminary's history, fascinating chronicles on Duruflé's Mass and how this recording project evolved, full text of the Ordinary and Propers as well as dozens of recent and historic photos.


This recording 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.


1 Bells  
2 Processional improvisation Improvisation by Stephen Tharp
3 Antiphona ad introitum, "Gaudens gaudebo," mode III Arrangement by Christopher Berry
4 Ritus initiales Anonymous
5 Messe Cum Jubilo, Op. 11: Kyrie Maurice Durufle
6 Messe Cum Jubilo, Op. 11: Gloria Maurice Durufle
7 Messe Cum Jubilo, Op. 11: Collecta Maurice Durufle
8 Reading I: Genesis 3:9-15,20 Anonymous
9 Graduale, "Benedicta es tu": mode V Arrangement by Christopher Berry
10 Reading II: Ephesians 1:3-6, 11-12 Anonymous
11 Alleluia, mode I Arrangement by Christopher Berry
12 Gospel: Luke 1:26-38 Anonymous
13 Meditation improvisation before the Credo Improvisation by Stephen Tharp
14 Professio fidei, Credo III, mode V Arrangement by Christopher Berry
15 Offertory, Organ improvisation on Ave Maria Improvisation by Stephen Tharp
16 Oratio super oblata Anonymous
17 Praefatio Anonymous
18 Messe Cum Jubilo, Op. 11: Sanctus Maurice Durufle
19 Messe Cum Jubilo, Op. 11: Benedictus Maurice Durufle
20 Pater Noster Arrangement by Christopher Berry
21 Messe Cum Jubilo, Op. 11: Agnus Dei Maurice Durufle
22 Antiphona ad Communionem, Gloriosa dicta sunt de te, mode VIII Arrangement by Christopher Berry
23 Oratio post Communionem Anonymous
24 Ritus conclusionis Anonymous
25 Alma Redemptoris Mater Arrangement by Christopher Berry
26 Sortie improvisation Improvisation by Stephen Tharp

Photographs of the Pipe Organ and Location

Maurice Duruflé: Messe