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Messe à quatrevoix, Op. 4
Poulenc, Saint Saens : Choral Works
Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Simon Preston, Donald Hunt
Camille Saint-Saëns was only 21 years of age when he wrote his Mass Op.4, but the craftsmanship of both its vocal and instrumental writing, testifies to the accomplishment of an experienced composer at a tender age.
The four vocal parts of this Mass are balanced against the exciting combination of two organs (large and small) offered by the disposition of many French Gothic cathedrals.
The recording reissued here was made for Decca in February 1978 by the Choir of Worcester Cathedral under their long-standing organist and choirmaster, Donald Hunt.