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La Maîtrise de Toulouse
Conservatoire de Toulouse
Direction Mark Opstad, Orgue William Whitehead

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Description

The first commercial recording from La Maîtrise de Toulouse – an outstanding French children’s choir. One of the Maîtrises – 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.

Track List

Messe à trois voix – André Caplet (1878-1925)
19:12
I Kyrie eleison
3:18
II Gloria
7:34
III Sanctus
1:48
IV Benedictus
1:30
V Agnus dei
2:28
VI O Salutaris
Missa Cornelia, Op 81 – Kenneth Leighton* (1929-1988)
13:32
I Kyrie eleison
3:05
II Gloria
3:45
III Sanctus
1:21
IV Benedictus
1:36
V Agnus dei
3:45
Messe brève – Léo Delibes (1836-1891)
18:10
I Kyrie eleison
3:09
II Gloria
6:22
III Sanctus
2:15
IV O Salutaris
2:28
V Agnus dei
3;56
Missa Brevis – Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
10:08
I Kyrie eleison
1:45
II Gloria
2:46
III Sanctus
1:29
IV Benedictus
1:49
V Agnus dei
2:19
Messe basse – Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
10:02
I Kyrie eleison
2:21
II Sanctus
2:23
IIIBenedictus
2:25
IV Agnus dei
2:53

*Premier enregistrement/First recording

Durée totale/Total playing time: 71:11

Production credits

Recorded in the Temple du Salin, Toulouse, France 22–24 May 2010

Recording producer and engineer: Gary Cole

Sample audio extracts

Reviews

‘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

‘…there is a beautiful balance between a search for a typically English lightness and finesse in the high range and a fruity roundness of timbres which comes from elsewhere. These qualities, added to others (stability of vocal emission, animated and structured singing with a coherent pallet of dynamics, musicality) enchant us’Diapason Magazine (France), septembre 2011   


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