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    Slava!
    Mark Opstad, La Maîtrise de Toulouse, Conservatoire de Toulouse

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    Slava!
    Mark Opstad
    La Maîtrise de Toulouse
    Conservatoire de Toulouse

    Having recorded four CDs dedicated to French music during the first ten years of the Maîtrise de Toulouse’s existence, this programme takes this world-class choir in a new direction.

    All the pieces presented here are by composers from Eastern Europe, most significantly the Russian, Igor Stravinsky and the Hungarian, Zoltán Kodály. Kodály’s Hungarian contemporaries, Lajos Bárdos and Béla Bartók are also featured and the programme is completed by two Polish composers, Krzysztof Penderecki and Paweł Łukaszewski, whose Ubi Caritas was commissioned by the Maîtrise for this recording.  The programme contains works for both full choir and upper voice choir, both sacred and secular, sung in Latin, Church Slavonic, Hungarian and Russian. 

    Slava!, the title of our programme not only represents the Slavic origins of many of the composers featured, but also the Russian word for ‘glory!’, used as a refrain in many of the Stravinsky songs. Slava was also the familiar name of the great cellist Rostropovich, for whom Penderecki wrote his work featured here.

     

    Messe pour chœur et double quintette à vent    17:12   
    Mass for choir and double wind quintet
    Igor Stravinsky (1882–1971)       

    Iže Cheruvimy
    Krzysztof Penderecki (1933)    7:59
    Ubi Caritas
    (création / first recording) Paweł Łukaszewski (1968)        5:30   
    Patkóéknál Lajos Bárdos (1899–1986)        3:35   
    Esti Dal
    Zoltán Kodály (1882–1967)        3:22   
    Túrót ëszik a cigány
    Kodály        2:24

    Chants pour enfants / Children’s choruses   Béla Bartók (1881–1945)
    Levél az otthoniakhoz        2:10
    Játék        0:46
    Leanynezo        1:27
    Héjja, héjja, karahéjja        0:50

    Quatre chants de paysans russes
    Stravinsky
    Four Russian Peasant Songs       
    У спаса в Чигисах за Яузою. Славна! Славна!    0:40
    Овсен, Овсен, Овсен!        0:35
    Щука шла из Новогорода: Слава!        0:50
    Уж, как вышло пузище на репище        1:06

    Laudes Organi
    Kodály        18:36 

    Durée total / Total Playing time : 69:57    

    Enregistré au Temple du Salin, Toulouse, France, 5–7 Mai 2017

    Some of the critical praise for La Maîtrise de Toulouse on Regent

    REGCD470

    ‘...beautifully blended and precisely pitched singing..’ Sunday Times

    ‘an utter pleasure’ BBC Music

    ‘Révélation du paysage maîtrisien de ces dernières années, la Maîtrise de Toulouse célèbre un « Noël français » avec chef et label anglais. Entente (très) cordiale ...’ Diapason

    ‘this is magnificent choral singing, and the stylistic range is refreshingly wide...’
    www.theartsdesk.com

    REGCD420

    ‘rock-solid intonation, crispness of articulation, scrupulous attention to balance, confident solo work, and much else besides’.
    International Record Review

    ‘…their music is delivered with clarity, verve, and exemplary control’
    American Record Guide

    REGCD340
    ‘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

         

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