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William Ferris Chorale: Menotti and Vierne

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William Ferris Chorale: Menotti and Vierne

William FerrisWilliam Ferris Chorale

  • CDR 7001
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    • Kyrie (7:42)

    • GIAN CARLO MENOTTI (b. 1911)

      Missa "O Pulchritudo" (1979) (43:22)
      Recorded in concert December 12, 1982 in Saint James Cathedral, Chicago, in the presence of the composer
      Joan Gibbons, soprano
      Deborah Fair, mezzo soprano
      John Vorrasi, tenor
      Thomas Sillitti, bass
      William Ferris Chorale
      Composer Festival Orchestra
      William Ferris, conductor

      Kyrie (7:42)

    • Gloria (7:45)

    • Gloria (7:45)

    • Motet: O Pulchritudo (5:54)

    • Motet: O Pulchritudo (5:54)

    • Sanctus and Benedictus (13:03)

    • Sanctus and Benedictus (13:03)

    • Agnus Dei (8:42)

    • Agnus Dei (8:42)

    • Kyrie (6:49)

    • LOUIS VIERNE (1870-1937)

      Messe Solennelle, Op. 16 (1899) (29:12)
      Recorded in concert May 20, 1988 in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Chicago
      Thomas Weisflog, grand organ
      Dexter Bailey, choir organ
      William Ferris Chorale
      William Ferris, conductor

      Kyrie (6:49)

    • Gloria (9:03)

    • Gloria (9:03)

    • Sanctus (2:31)

    • Sanctus (2:31)

    • Benedictus (4:23)

    • Benedictus (4:23)

    • Agnus Dei (6:09)

    • Agnus Dei (6:09)

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These spectacular live performances by the William Ferris Chorale are available as a mid-price release on the Cedille FOUNDation label from Cedille Records.

The acclaimed William Ferris Chorale celebrated its 35th Anniversary with this release of two of its finest performances.

Gian Carlo Menotti is best known for dramatically engrossing operas such as The Consul, Amahl and the Night Visitors, and The Medium. For his Missa “O Pulchritudo”, Menotti applied his operatic skills to create an unusually compelling setting of the Catholic Mass (much as Verdi did with his Requiem). In addition to its gorgeously alluring music, Menotti’s Mass setting is notable for a key textual change: in place of the traditional Credo movement, Menotti sets a passage from the Confessions of St. Augustine that begins, “O Beauty, ever ancient ever new, late have I loved You.”

William Ferris and the William Ferris Chorale performed the Missa at the request of Gian Carlo Menotti, who was present for the performance. This is the only currently available recording of Menotti’s Missa “O Pulchritudo”.

With its sweeping melodies and harmonic grandeur, Louis Vierne’s Messe Solennelle has been called a triumphant counterpart to Fauré’s Requiem. This recording shows off not only the expert direction of William Ferris and glorious singing of the William Ferris Chorale, it also features two magnificent pipe organs: a rare, fully restored E.M. Skinner, and a tracker action Visser-Rowland.

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Program Notes

Album Details

Total Time: 72:47

Producer: John Vorrasi
Engineers: Menotti: Brian Ziegler (Lux Cultura)
Vierne: Hudson Fair (Ealing Mobile Recording)
Mastering: Bill Maylone
Graphic Design: Melanie Germond
Cover: The Virgin in Prayer by Sassoferrato (1609-1685) © National Gallery Collection. Reprinted by kind permission of the Trustees of the National Gallery, London/CORBIS
Publishers: Menotti: Missa "O Pulchritudo" is published

©1979 by G. Schirmer

© 2006 Cedille Records/Cedille Chicago

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