Lili Boulanger - Faust Et Hélène; Psaume 24; Psaume 130; D'un soir triste; D'un matin de printemps (1999)
Lynne Dawson, soprano; Ann Murray, mezzo-soprano; Bonaventura Bottone, tenor; Neil MacKenzie, tenor; Jason Howard, bass
City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus; BBC Philharmonic; Yan Pascal Tortelier, conductor
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 335 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 178 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Vocal, Choral | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 9745 | Time: 01:13:25
Lili Boulanger's setting of the 130th Psalm is a choral masterpiece. Tortelier and his forces deliver a vivid performance, recorded with tremendous presence. There is even more power in the old Markevich performance, done under Nadia Boulanger's supervision, but the superior Chandos recording makes a difference. Faust et Hélène is a somewhat immature student work (a strange qualification for music by a composer who died at 24), but it is also well performed. The remaining music represents Boulanger's visionary eloquence. This disc is highly recommended as an introduction to a great composer. After you hear it, try the Everest disc, despite the duplications. It contains Boulanger's deathbed Pie Jesu, a brief piece of such intense power that it will leave most listeners in tears.