In 2018, Charles Gounod would be blowing out 200 candles. We all know him thanks to his ubiquitous Ave Maria (after Bach), and maybe the devilish opera Faust rings a bell. Less well known is Gounods admiration for Renaissance music. During the four years in which he resided at the Académie de Rome as winner of the Prix de Rome, Gounod devoted himself to the study of 16th-century choral music, notably the working catalogue of Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina. Gounods a capella Messe vocale, whose only surviving copy has recently been discovered at the Austrian National Library in Vienna, sounds like an ode to his 16th-century predecessor.
The Flemish Radio Choir and Hervé Niquet present an ode to this composer with the recreation of a mass that had not been performed since the end of the 19th century. For comparison, they sing a motet by Gounod’s model, Palestrina. They also present Gounod’s vision of the ‘Seven Last Words’.
- C. Gounod (1818-1893) - Messe vocale
- C. Gounod (1818-1893) - Les sept paroles du Christ sur la croix
- G. P. da Palestrina (ca. 1525-1594) - Paucitas dierum meorum. Manus tuæ Domine
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