«Duruflé: Complete Choral Works»
Messe Cum Jubilo, Op. 11,
Notre Père, Op. 14,
Quatre Motets sur des thèmes grégoriens, Op. 10,
Requiem, Op. 9.
Norman Fischer (Cello), Robert Simpson (Conductor), Cecilia Duarte (Mezzo-Soprano), Ken Cowan (Organ).
Houston Chamber Choir.
The choral works of Duruflé, like his organ works, are small in number but beautifully crafted. Frequently written and rewritten until he was completely satisfied, he was a composer who rethought and re-configured his music right up to the moment he had to let go of it. Often described as a man out of step with his times, his pieces look back to Gregorian chant and plainsong at a time when the musical life of his home city of Paris was steeped in radical new compositional ideas – a testament perhaps to Duruflé’s enduring love of France’s choral heritage.
In a new recording produced by Grammy® winning producer Blanton Alspaugh, the Houston Chamber Choir are led by artistic director Robert Simpson on their first release with Signum Records.