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    NOEL FRANCAIS
    La Maîtrise de Toulouse, Conservatoire de Toulouse, directed by Mark Opstad

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    Catalogue Number: REGCD470

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    NOEL FRANCAIS
    La Maîtrise de Toulouse, Conservatoire de Toulouse,
    directed by Mark Opstad
    Organ  William Whitehead

    Viola de gamba  Géraldine Bruley‡

      sample on YouTube





    '...an irresistible Gallic Christmas programme,...With beautifully blended and precisely pitched singing, the group excels in Poulenc's Four Christmas Motets, Roger-Ducasse's Chant de lat Nativité and a challenging Marc Bleuse commission.'

    The Sunday Times 13.12.2015


    'An utter pleasure'
    ‘La Maitrise de Toulouse is the mixed-voice children s choir of the Toulouse  Conservatoire, and has recently added tenor and bass sections. The results are highly impressive in this delectable programme of French Christmas music. In an opening sequence of motets from the medieval period, those of Bouzignac stand out particularly, gem-like miniatures featuring translucent solo work from various sopranos. In the modern section, Poulencs Quatre Motets gain extra vibrancy from having young voices sing them, as does a group of traditional noels. An utter pleasure.‘

    BBC Music Christmas 2015

    5 tuning forks rating in Diapason magazine

    ‘Révélation du paysage maîtrisien de ces dernières années, la Maîtrise de Toulouse célèbre un « Noël français » avec chef et label anglais. Entente (très) cordiale qui donne des motets de Mouton, Bouzignac, Moulinié, Clérambault et Charpentier admirablement animés, au style et à la prononciation surveillés.’
    Diapason December 2015

    ‘TThe Noels are delightful, and I’m quite taken with the Poulenc, which is laid out sumptuously and elegantly by  he young singers...If you’ve never heard Bouzignac’s ‘Stella Refulget’, here’s your chance. It’s gorgeous, and the young singers do pretty well with it.’’
    American Record Guide November 2016
     
    This is magnificent choral singing, and the stylistic range is refreshingly wide...Beautiful, immediate recorded sound too, the resonance never clouding the detail.’
    theartsdesk.com  December 2015


    ‘This is a fine disc indeed...The sound is polished and well blended, and they confidently tackle some challenging repertoire .’

    Organists’s Review June 2016


    The third recording from La Maîtrise de Toulouse on the Regent label features an inspirational survey of French Christmas music from the sixteenth to twenty-first centuries. This is the first recording employing the full mixed choir with its newly-formed tenor and bass sections, though the programme also contains several works for upper voices.

    La Maîtrise de Toulouse is a world-class Choir School model choir, and its previous recordings on the Regent label have received outstanding reviews across the world.


     
    ‘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.’

     REGCD340 American Record Guide July 2012



    Motets de Noël anciens     
    Noe, noe, psallite noe     Jean Mouton     4:05
    Noe pastores cantate canticum novum ‡† Guillaume Bouzignac    5:06   
    Ave Maria ‡†     Bouzignac     2:48
    Dum silentium tenerent omnia ‡†     Bouzignac     5:22
    Stella refulget ‡†     Bouzignac     3:33   
    Magi videntes stellam ‡†     Etienne Moulinié      2:18
    Hodie Christus natus est ‡†     Louis-Nicolas Clérambault      3:23     
    Salve puerule ‡†     Marc Antoine Charpentier      5:53

    Motets de Noël modernes
    Salve Regina    Francis Poulenc     4:22   
    Quatre Motets pour le temps de Noël     Poulenc
    O magnum mysterium         3:30 
    Quem vidistis, pastores? dicite         2:42
    Videntes stellam         3:21 
    Hodie Christus natus est         2:18   
    Chant de la Nativité†*     Jean Roger-Ducasse      4:51   
    Hodie Christus natus est†*     Marc Bleuse      4:30   

    Noëls
    Guillaume, Antoine et Pierre†     Provençal, arr. Jean Bouvard     2:14
    Birjina gaztettobat zegoen (basque) †*    Basque, arr. Mark Opstad      2:07   
    El noi de la Mare (catalan)*    Roussillonnais, arr. Opstad     2:52   
    Anan auzi las aubados (occitan)†*    Toulousain, arr. Opstad     2:12   
    Noël nouvelet†*      Français, arr. Opstad     2:07   
    Dormi, fili, dormi !*     Alsacien, arr. Opstad     3:37   
    Quelle est cette odeur agréable? †*      Français, arr. Opstad    3:50
       
    * premier enregistrement / first recording

    Total Playing time: 77:08 

     

     

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