Henri Hardouin - Complete Four-Part a cappella Masses Vol.1 | Toccata Classics TOCC0191

Henri Hardouin - Complete Four-Part a cappella Masses Vol.1

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Label: Toccata Classics

Cat No: TOCC0191

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 25th November 2013



Henri Hardouin (1727–1808) was a chorister in Reims Cathedral, rising swiftly through the ranks to become maître de chapelle – until the French Revolution disbanded religious establishments. As a priest he was in potential danger and seems to have gone into hiding until, in 1794, the death of Robespierre allowed him to resume his duties.

Hardouin’s six four-part masses, published in 1772, are unusual for their time in being a cappella, and enjoyed wide circulation in pre-Revolutionary France. Since then they have been roundly neglected – an omission this two-CD survey intends to rectify.

St Martin’s Chamber Choir – the only professional choir in the Denver area – previously appeared on the Toccata Classics CD of Joaquín Nin-Culmell’s Symphonie des Mystères.

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