Gounod: Messe solennelle de Sainte-Cécile

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Charles Gounod (1818-1893):
Messe solennelle de Saint-Cécile

St. Cecilia Mass

Complete recording of the mass with latin libretto,
performed by the Maulbronn Cantor Choir,
Svetlana Strezeva (Soprano),
Willi Stein (Tenor), Nikita Storojev (Bass)
and Members of the SWR-Symphony-Orchestra
Baden-Baden & Freiburg
Conductor: Jürgen Budday

A concert recording from the church of the German
UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery

DDD · Digital Album · c. 47 Minutes


Work(s) & Performance
Charles Gounod

"Messe solennelle de Saint-Cécile"
by Charles Gounod (1818-1893)

Charles Gounod has become famous for his opera "Margarete" above all. It is hardly known that his first passion was clerical music. The "Messe solennelle de Saint-Cécile" is worth to be called the most beautiful among his numerous clerical compositions. The work is distinguished by a maze of marvellous melodies, an extremly lined-up orchestra and the harmonious interconnection of solists and choir. The first staging of the mass was in November, 22. 1855 at St. Eustache in Paris. Gounod wrote the work for the celebration of St. Cecile, who is the patroness of clerical music. With certain instinct he combined the dramatic counterparts of clerical music and motifs and melodies of the Grand Opera. The plain covering figures of the orchestra above all give a uniform mood to the sets of the mass, which manifests itself in sacral dignity.

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ublishing Authentic Classical Concerts entails for us capturing and recording outstanding performances and concerts for posterity. The performers, audience, opus and room enter into an intimate dialogue that in its form and expression, its atmosphere, is unique and unrepeatable. It is our aim, the philosophy of our house, to enable the listener to acutely experience every facet of this symbiosis, the intensity of the performance, so we record the concerts in direct 2-Track Stereo digital HD. The results are unparalleled interpretations of musical and literary works, simply - audiophile snapshots of permanent value. Flourishing culture, enthralling the audience and last but not least also you the listener, are the values we endeavor to document in our editions and series.

The concerts at the UNESCO World Heritage Maulbronn Monastery supply the ideal conditions for our aspirations. It is, above all, the atmosphere of the romantic, candle-lit arches, the magic of the monastery in its unadulterated sublime presence and tranquillity that impresses itself upon the performers and audience of these concerts. Renowned soloists and ensembles from the international arena repeatedly welcome the opportunity to appear here - enjoying the unparalleled acoustic and architectural beauty of this World Heritage Site, providing exquisite performances of secular and sacred music, documented by us in our Maulbronn Monastery Edition.

Andreas Otto Grimminger & Josef-Stefan Kindler, K&K Verlagsanstalt

Works, Movements & Tracklist

1. KYRIE [5:22]
Soli & Chorus
Kyrie eleison,
Christe eleison.
Kyrie Eleison.

2. GLORIA [9:21]
Soli & Chorus
Gloria inexcelsis Deoetin terrapax
hominibus bonae voluntatis.
Laudamus te, benedicimus te,
adoramus te, glorificamus te.
Gratiasagimus tibi
propter magnam gloriam tuam.
Domine Deus, rex coelestis,
Deus pateromnipotens, Domine Fili unigenite,
Jesu Christe, Domine Deus,
Agnus Dei, Filius Patris.
Qui tollis peccata mundi,
miserere nobis.
Qui tollis peccata mundi,
suscipe deprecationem nostram.
Qui sedes add exteram Patris,
miserere nobis.
Quoniam tu solus sanctus,
tu solus Dominus,
tu solus altissimus,
Jesu Christe,
cum Sancto Spiritu
in gloria Dei Patris.

3. CREDO [13:05]
Soli & Chorus
Credo in unum Deum,
Patrem omnipotentem,
factorem coeli et terrae
visibilium omnium et invisibilium.
Et in unum Dominum,
Jesum Christum,
Filium Dei unigenitum,
et ex Patre natumante omnia saecula,
Deum de Deo, lumen de lumine,
Deum verum de Deo vero,
genitum, non factum,
con substantialem Patri,
per quem omnia facta sunt,
qui propter nos homines
et propter nostram salutem descendit de coelis.
Et incarnatus est de Spiritu Sancto
ex Maria virgine et homo factus est.
Crucifixus etiam pro nobis sub Pontio Pilato,
passus et sepultus est.
Et resurrexit tertia die secundum scripturas,
et ascenditin coelum,
sedet add exteram Patris
et iterum venturus est
cum gloria iudicare vivos et mortuos,
cujus regni non erit finis.

Et in Spritum Sanctum,
Dominum et vivificantem,
qui ex Patre Filioque procedit,
qui cum Patre et Filio simul adoratur
et conglorificatur,
qui locutus est per Prophetas.
Et unam sanctam catholicam
et apostolicam ecclesiam.
Confiteor unum baptisma
in remissionem peccatorum.
Et expecto resurrectionem mortuorum
et vitam venturisaeculi.

4. OFFERTORY [3:44]
For Orchestra

5. SANCTUS [6:15]
Tenor & Chorus
Sanctus, Dominus Deus Sabaoth.
Pleni sunt coeli et terra gloria tua.
Osanna in excelsis.

6. BENEDICTUS [3:07]
Soprano & Chorus
Benedictus, qui venitin nomine Domini.
Osanna in excelsis.

7. AGNUS DEI [6:14]
Soli & Chorus
Agnus Dei qui tollis peccata mundi,
miserere nobis.
Domine, non sum dignus
ut intres sub tectum meum,
sed tuntum die verbo
et sanabitur anima mea.
Agnus Dei qui tollis peccata mundi,
dona nobis pacem.

A Live Recording to 'Direct-Stereo-Digital' from the church of the German UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery, documented, produced & released by Andreas Otto Grimminger & Josef-Stefan Kindler in cooperation with Jürgen Budday, Maulbronn Monastery Concerts.

Concert Date: June 12 & 13, 1999

Sound Engineer: Andreas Otto Grimminger

Production & Mastering: Andreas Otto Grimminger & Josef-Stefan Kindler

Photography, Artwork & Coverdesign: Josef-Stefan Kindler

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ReviewA beautiful recording and I'm so happy I was able to find this for my mother...
At 87 she does not ask for much! But she wanted to hear this.
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***** Wonderful

ReviewI think this is the most beautiful music composed and performed.
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