French Sacred Music of the 19th and 20th centuries

French Sacred Music of the 19th and 20th centuries
Director of Music: 
George Guest
Organ Scholar: 
Stephen Cleobury
Release date: 
January 1971
Featuring: 
  • Andrew Brunt (Treble)
Record label: 
Argo
Catalogue number: 
ZRG 662

Director George Guest received the following letter on this recording:

"Dear Mr Guest,

Please forgive me for to be so late thank you about the splendid recording of my Messe Solennelle. I admire everything - the style, the tempi, the voices, the organist, and the conductor. Let me tell you of my deepest gratitude and admiration.

Very cordially yours,

Jean Langlais"

This disc is available as part of the Decca Classics Box Set of George Guest's recordings with St John's. More information on the set is available here.

Track list
  1. Quatre Motets (Duruflé)
  2. Messe basse (Fauré)
  3. Messe Solennelle (Langlais)
  4. O sacrum convivium (Messiaen)
  5. Litanies à la Vierge Noire (Poulenc)

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