Finnissy: Seven Sacred Motets


Catalogue No: MSVCD 92023
EAN/UPC: 5019148621652
Artists: ,
Release Date: March 1999
Discs: 1
Total Playing Time: 36:41

Michael Finnissy is one of the best known and most productive of modern British composers, and highly featured in the Metier catalogue. These beautiful motets are lyrical and deeply spiritual, in an accessible modern idiom.

Track Listing

    Michael Finnissy

  1. Hymnos sacrae quos virgini (6:17)
  2. In mense autem sexto (8:04)
  3. Salve Regina (5:21)
  4. Et cum factus esset (3:46)
  5. Ave regina coelorum (4:29)
  6. Stabant autem iuxta crucem (2:41)
  7. O virga, floriditatem tuam (6:03)


Classic CD

An intriguing facet to the work of this important contemporary composer. Another enterprising release in Metier’s Finnissy series, featuring impressive singing by Voces Sacrae.

” —Andy Hamilton
Sunday Times

[Finnissy’s] motets have an apparent simplicity, a devotional serenity, an authenticity in their use of plainchant that make them hard to distinguish from works written centuries ago. Fans of Tavener and Gorecki should find enjoyment here.

” —Paul Driver

Idiomatically conceived, these motets traverse a variety of liturgical techniques with a concentration and lucidity that compel admiration.

” —Richard Whitehouse
The Guardian

Play these substantial choral works to unsuspecting listeners, and few would identify the composer. Michael Finnissy is associated with a rhythmically complex, rebarbative style – torrential volleys of notes in his writing for piano, layers of texture in his orchestral pieces – but the starting point for the 1991 Sacred Motets is plain-chant, and modal […]

” —Andrew Clements
5 Against 4

Their tone is unequivocally influenced—permeated, in fact—by the soundworld of chant, not just Gregorian but also alluding to the more varied melodies found in Ambrosian chant, with one or two elements of folk music as well. As they progress, the initial ostensible similarities to conventional ecclesiastical chant become more and more implausible, Finnissy’s writing somehow encapsulating austerity alongside deeply heartfelt, emotional word-painting. The performances, by the nine-strong Voces Sacrae directed by Judy Martin, are utterly spellbinding, a recording from the late ’90s that still sounds incredibly vivid.

” —Simon Cummings
Classical Source

This Metier recording offers a crystal clear production. The voices penetrate the ear with an ambience and clarity that easily transforms the listener from the present to a Renaissance Burgundian court. Undoubtedly great value for money at a mid-price range.

” —unknown reviewer