Magazine article The American Organist

Gloria

Magazine article The American Organist

Gloria

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GLORIA. Choir of Canterbury Cathedral. John Robinson, organist; David Flood, conductor. III/83 organ (Henry Willis, 1886, Norman & Beard, 1905, 1912; Henry Willis; 1949, 1968; N.P. Mander, 1978). York Ambisonic; York CD 214. Mdt.co.uk. The 19 boy choristers and 13 lay clerks of the Canterbury Cathedral here direct their laudable gifts to two large-scale works, the Messe Solennelle of Louis Vierne and the Missa Brevis of Zoltán Kodály, as well as three celebrated motets of Anton Bruckner: Locus iste, Os justi, and Christus factus est. While the nucleus of the choir's repertoire consists of works suitable for the daily liturgy that range from medieval to modern, the choir, under the intrepid leadership of David Flood and the skillful support of John Robinson prove their mettle in these musically demanding and emotionally expansive works from France, Hungary, and Austria.

In Vierne's Mass, scored for two organs with choir, John Robinson deftly combines the parts for Grand Orgue and Orgue de Choeur into one, utilizing the full rescourses of the grand Canterbury Cathedral or- gan. Through creative placement of choir and microphones, the original intended effect of two organs is quite successfully achieved. Vierne's Mass is potent in its impact, drawing the listener into the deep meanings and emotions of the texts. Kodály's Mass, first performed in 1945, was originally an organ mass, without sung text. Kodály soon reconstructed it to follow the normal pattern utilizing chorus and soloists, with the outer movements, Introit and Ite, missa est, remaining as organ solos. …

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