La Maîtrise de Toulouse
Conservatoire de Toulouse
Direction Mark Opstad, Orgue William Whitehead
‘I enjoyed each work immensely. There’s probably nothing this choir couldn’t sing, and spectacularly well. They deliver clean, crisp singing, with perfect intonation and balance. They achieve standards of phrasing, dynamics and interpretive intensity that many fine adult ensembles would kill for.’
American Record Guide July 2012
"Caplet's three-voiced Mass for uncaccompanied voices is impressive, both as a composition and for the performance Opstad elicits from his youthful performers." Choir & Organ March/April 2011
"..this mixed boy-girl French choir makes a vigorous, refresing sound on its debut CD"
Classicfm Magazine April 2011
The first commercial recording from La Maîtrise de Toulouse – an outstanding new French children’s choir. One of the Maîtrise – a small group of choirs, supported by the French government, formed to give children a ‘choir school’ education and training.
Founded and directed by English choral director, Mark Opstad, and accompanied by the distinguished award-winning British organist, William Whitehead.
A superb collection of Masses for upper voices, including 3 French and 2 English works.First recording of Kenneth Leighton’s haunting Missa Cornelia. Recorded in the radiant acoustics of Le Temple du Salin in Toulouse.
Messe à trois voix – André Caplet (1878-1925) (19:12)
Missa Cornelia, Op 81 – Kenneth Leighton* (1929-1988) (13:32)
Messe brève – Léo Delibes (1836-1891) (18:10)
Missa Brevis – Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) (10:08)
Messe basse – Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924) (10:02)
*Premier enregistrement/First recording
Durée totale/Total playing time: 71:11