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Charles Gounod: Sacred Choral Works

​Catalogue no: CRC 2848

Price: £13.00 (including postage and packaging)

This recording, containing only a small fraction of the corpus, does not attempt to provide an anthology or representative sample of his work, but rather focuses on his small-scale sacred choral works, including several which feature soprano soloist, Joanna Burton.

1. O salutaris hostia in A flat for soprano solo, choir and organ (Chants sacrés 1876-8)
2. Regina caeli (5 vv; Chants sacrés)
3. Le Vendredi-Saint (4-6 vv; 1865)
4. O salutaris hostia in E flat (4-6 vv; Missa angeli custodes, 1873)
5. There is a greenhill far away, arr. for soprano solo, choir and organ by John E. West (1914)
6. Ave verum in E flat for choir and organ (Chants sacrés)
7. Miserere mei Deus for solo quartet, semi-chorus, choir and organ ad. lib. (1880)
8. Prière du Soire (4-6 vv; 1866)
9. Ave Maria Bach/Gounod arr. for soprano and violin solo by Henry Leslie (1873)
10. D’un coeur qui t’aime (double choir; 1851)
11. O salutaris hostia in C arr. for soprano & violin solo, choir and organ by Geoffrey Webber (2005)
12. Offertorium for organ solo (1876)
13. Per sanctissimam virginitatem for equal voices (Chants sacrés)
14. O salutaris hostia in E flat for equal voices (Chants sacrés)
15. From thy love as a Father for soprano solo, choir and organ (The Redemption, as published in The  Musical Times 1886)

"The choir, soprano Joanna Burton, and director Geoffrey Webber, perform with excellent intonation and ensemble work, and with a balance of devotion and spirit that is spot on. The sound is also precisely what is expected for this type of music, with the roomy resonation of a large church, but not too cold or distant. For those who want to go beyond the Bach-Gounod Ave Maria, this is a great starting point." — All Music Guide

Reviews

The choir, soprano Joanna Burton, and director Geoffrey Webber, perform with excellent intonation and ensemble work, and with a balance of devotion and spirit that is spot on. The sound is also precisely what is expected for this type of music, with the roomy resonation of a large church, but not too cold or distant. For those who want to go beyond the Bach-Gounod Ave Maria, this is a great starting point.

Patsy Morita, All Music Guide