Kodaly Missa Brevis
Recorded on their 1997 European tour in Northern Italy and Germany, the Choir of Ormond College sings Kodaly's 'Missa Brevi s' and pieces by Tye, Howell and Bach.
Recorded on the choir's recent European tour, this CD features Kodály's magnificent 'Missa Brevis', Christopher Tye's 'Missa Euge Bone', Herbert Howells' 'Three Latin Church Motets' and Bach's motet for double choir 'Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit'.
Kodály's 'Missa Brevis', composed in the dark years of World War II, with its haunting melodies reflects both the horror of the period and Kodály's understanding of the capabilities of the voice. Soaring and penetratingly beautiful solos are combined with sections for the full choir to create drama and passion.
The 'Missa Brevis' was recorded in the stunning acoustics of the 17th century Martinskirche, near Lake Constance in Southern Germany with accompaniment provided by organist Thomas Heywood, on a wonderful new Rieger organ.
The Tye, Howells and Bach were recorded in the 15th century Santa Maria Bressanoro in Northern Italy.
Since its inception in 1982 under the direction of Douglas Lawrence, the Choir of Ormond College has become the first Australian choir to receive ongoing international recognition.
Melbourne organist Douglas Lawrence is Director of Music at The Scots' Church and Teacher of the Organ at the University of Melbourne and was the founding director of Choir of Ormond College, a position he held from 1982 to 2006.
“Throughout this seldom recorded repertoire, the choir exhibits good intonation, particularly in the a capella works, and a real sense of artistry, bringing a crisp and precise style to bear on this often difficult music. Kodály's mighty 'Missa Brevis', composed in 1944, gives the choir ample opportunity to showcase its excellent solo singers.”
— State of the Arts
“the highlight of the disc - a beautifully modulated and expressive performance of Bach's joyous motet 'Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit' ...With no reservations, this is a disc to delight lovers of fine choral singing.”
— Bill Hoffmann, The Canberra Times
- Kyrie Octavi Toni
- Sanctus et Benedictus
- Agnus Dei (four verses)
- Salve Regina
- Regina Coeli
- Nunc Dimitis
- Verse 1
- Verse 2
- Agnus Dei
- Ite Missa est
Missa Euge Bone Christopher Tye
Three Latin Church Motets Herbert Howells
The motet for double choir Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf Johann Sebastian Bach
Missa Brevis Zoltán Kodály
Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer, organist, harpsichordist, violist, and violinist whose sacred and secular works for choir, orchestra, and solo instruments drew together the strands of the Baroque period and brought it to its ultimate maturity.