Couperin: Messe pour les paroisses; Messe pour les couvents

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COMPOSERS: Couperin
LABELS: Decca
WORKS: Messe pour les paroisses; Messe pour les couvents
PERFORMER: Peter Hurford (organ); Men of the Choir of New College, Oxford, Women of Oxford Chamber Choir
CATALOGUE NO: 455 026-2
Often one is given only the organ music of these two youthful Masses on disc, but to hear it in its true context, as here, is a far more satisfying experience. The short threads of plainsong melody, sung here with beauty and simplicity, are woven around the organ pieces with great sensitivity. Peter Hurford, playing on a finely restored 17th-century French organ, responds to the sung text with playing of delightful character and finesse. Stephen Haylett

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