Mass for Notre Dame

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Mass for Notre Dame
David Briggs (organ) / Trinity College Choir Cambridge, Stephen Layton (conductor)

[ Hyperion / CD ]

Release Date: Sunday 20 June 2010

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"I can confidently say that this recording is one of the finest CDs of sacred choral and organ music you'll ever hear." Editor's Choice - Gramophone Magazine August 2010

BBC Music Magazine Award Winner 2011 for Technical excellence

"I can confidently say that this recording is one of the finest CDs of sacred choral and organ music you'll ever hear. I'm not ashamed to say I had tears in my eyes; listeners who are church-goers and non-believers alike will find this disc a profoundly moving experience." Editor's Choice - Gramophone Magazine August 2010

"Briggs [draws] sounds of roaring, surging eloquence and grandeur from the splendid instrument at Gloucester Cathedral. It helps, too, that the Trinity College Choir have such a 'live', untrammelled attack under Stephen Layton's vigorous direction...The Mass itself is an outstanding work, gripping and unashamedly rhetorical in its gestures."
(BBC Music Five Stars)

David Briggs studied with Jean Langlais in Paris and was profoundly influenced by the playing of Pierre Cochereau, Organist Titulaire at Notre Dame Cathedral (1955-1984), from an early age. Briggs was the first British winner of the Tournemire Prize at the St Alban's International Organ Improvisation Competition. He is Organist Emeritus of Gloucester Cathedral, where he directed the music for eight years. He is renowned worldwide for his brilliant improvisations and is also a prolific composer.

This disc includes Briggs' Messe pour Notre Dame, and features four movements of David Briggs' own improvisations-the Introït, Offertoire, Élévation and Sortie. Very much aligned with French liturgical practice, this is Briggs captured in the heat of the improvised, unedited moment. These improvisations display a masterful range of mood and colour. There is delicacy, reflection and repose, alongside mighty bombast and truly gothic 'shock and awe'. Listening to them is an uniquely thrilling musical experience.

Also included are some of Briggs' much more Anglophone anthems. The Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge, who have been winning increasing praise for their Hyperion recordings, perform with their inspirational director Stephen Layton, and the composer, of course, at the organ.


Messe pour Notre-Dame
Ubi caritas et amor
Messe pour Notre-Dame
Messe pour Notre-Dame
I will lift up mine eyes
The Trinity College Service
Te Deum laudamus
Toccata on Te Deum laudamus
O Lord, support us