4. Les sept paroles du Christ sur la croix (Die sieben Worte Jesu am Kreuz) (a cappella)
5. Messe brève no. 5 aux séminaires
6. An evening service
7. Pater noster
Unjustly, Charles Gounod (1818-1893) is known today almost exclusively as a composer of operas. However, sacred works form the center of his creative output. He was able to put his ideal of simple, understandable choral music into practice through the composition of accessible works with an inner, natural expression that enjoyed great popularity during his lifetime. The present Carus CD aims to contribute to insuring that the Musica sacra of Gounod once again achieves its rightful place among outstanding choral music. The Kammerchor "I Vocalisti" from Lübeck, conducted by Hans-Joachim Lustig, is a renowned vocal ensemble which Carus had the good fortune to engage for this recording. It contains sensitive interpretations of selected works for choir with organ accompaniment by this French composer, including a few world premiere recordings which will convincingly bring his church music closer to today's listener.
The founder and director of Vocalisti is Hans-Joachim Lustig, who lives in Lübeck as a freelance choral conductor after a study at the school of music. In 1994 and 1995, he was a fellow of the German music council. He directs national and international choir and choir direction seminars, and he is conductor of the Uetersen boys choir. With their voices, he won a first-place Federal Award at the 2002 German Choir Competition.
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