Benoit - Religious Tetralogy
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Cat No: RFP013
Number of Discs: 2
Release Date: 12th April 2019
ArtistsYves Saelens (tenor)
Alvaro Zambrano (tenor)
Namur Chamber Choir
Octopus Symphony Chorus
Antwerp Symphony Orchestra
Jan Willem de Vriend
Edo de Waart
This recording of NoŽl (1858), Messe solennelle (1860), Te Deum (1862), and Requiem (1863), which Benoit thought of as components in a tetraptych of sacred pieces, continues the Antwerp Symphony Orchestraís Benoit cycle, which it launched in 2013 with a recording of the oratorio De Schelde. As an officially recognised Flemish cultural institution, the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra has a remit to preserve and disseminate Flemish musical heritage, and this cycle forms part of that mission.
Recording for the Religious Tetralogy started in 2015 and continued for four years at various locations in Antwerp. Messe solennelle, Te Deum and Requiem were performed in the Cathedral of Our Lady in Antwerp, during the 2015 and 2016 traditional cathedral concerts. NoŽl was recorded a year later, in 2017, at the Church of St. Charles Borromeo in Antwerp. Each performance was led by a different conductor: Martyn Brabbins (Messe solennelle and Te Deum), Edo de Waart (Requiem) and Jan Willem de Vriend (NoŽl).
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