Francis Poulenc’s Mass in G (1937) is one of the last century’s most important pieces for choir. Poulenc dedicated the Mass in memory of his father who passed away a few years earlier. The music is expressive and varied, with ethereal light soprano, dense vocals and dramatic chromatics.
A few years later, in 1939, the British composer Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) wrote “A.M.D.G.” to texts by Gerald Manley Hopkins. The work consists of seven parts with completely different character, but still in the composer’s unmistakable and fascinating tone language.
James MacMillan (b. 1959) is Scotland’s leading contemporary composer. His music is influenced by early music and folk tones, and creates moving music for voices. “Te Deum” (2001) and “Miserers” (2009) have already establish themselves as classics of our time.
Det Norske Solistkor conducted by Kjetil Almenning.