with the Gregorian Chant
Propers for the Immaculate Conception
Christopher Berry, Conductor
Stephen Tharp, Organist
Seminary Choir of the Pontifical North American College
Review from the American Organist - March 2010
The choir produces fine blend and diction...the men sing with great sincerity, expressiveness, and stylistic integrity. Mr Berry's effective harmonizations are based entirely on Durufle's harmonic language. Mr Tharp's elegant well-conceived, evocative improvisations are likewise informed by the harmonic language of Durufle's milieu. As expected, his playing demonstrates the highest artistry, both as collaborator and soloist.
An Interview with Joe Vitacco about the Recording and Production of this CD
Bell and Processional improvisation
Introit and Kyrie
Preface and Sanctus
Ite, missa est and Sortie
Christopher Berry conducting the choir in the recording session for the Durufle Mass with Stephen Tharp at the organ
32-page booklet in a digipack. There are essays on the Seminary's history; fascinating chronicles on Durufle's Mass and how this recording came to be; full text of all the Ordinary and Propers; dozens of recent and historic photos; and a full stop list of the 66-rank 3-manual Mascioni Organ, Opus 630, built in 1953 and designed by Fernando Germani in the Seminary's Chapel. There are 6 improvisations by Stephen Tharp-including verses improvised in alternatim on Gloriosa dicta sunt de te, mode VIII, with the choir, as well as Processional and Sortie. The chant accompaniments were written by Christopher Berry in the style of Durufle. The bells of the Seminary are even included!
The Choir of the Pontifical North American College 2008