FRANÇOIS-AUGUST GEVAERT (1828-1908): Grande Messe de Noël "Puer Natus Est Nobis" for 3 Women's Voices and Organ (Xavier Deprez [organ], Ensemble Vocal Le Petit Sablon), 10 Noëls for 4 Voices, Canticum Natalitiæ and Les Cloches de Noël for Soprano and Harmonium, Kerstlied for Tenor and Harmonium.
Catalogue Number: 11L050
Label: Fuga Libera
Description: Ten harmonizations of early Noëls and a late (1907) Christmas mass, touched by the near presence of death and demonstrating its composer's knowlege of the entire history of western European vocal music (right up through Bruckner, Wagner and Verdi), by the man who, in his 37-year tenure as head of the Brussels Conservatory, turned it into a world-class teaching institution and is, thus, still one of the most monumental figures in Belgian musical life. French, Flemish texts. Caroline Weynants (soprano), Thibaut Lenaerts (tenor), Nico Declerck (harmonium), Sophie Hallynck (harp).