Margit LASZLO (soprano)
Zsuzsa BARLAY (conralto)
Alfonz BARTHA, Sandor Zsolt BENDE (baritone)
Tibor NADAS (bass)
Sandor MARGITTAY (organ
BUDAPEST CHORUS Conducted by MIKLOS FORRAI
In the music of Missa Choralis Liszt - who had great plans in reforming ecclesiastical music - started from the spiritual basis of Gregorian chorals.
He waived every spectacular element, revived and at places romantically reinterpreted - the modal harmonies of ancient church music.
In the Kyrie movement polyphonic construction came into prominence, whereas in the radiant Gloria mighty blocks of chords are arrayed.
The Credo - in compliance with the first words (Credo in unum Deum) - begins with a sublime unisono section, out of which magnificant polyphony is unfolded.
Concerning the Sanctus movement Liszt prescribed to the performes that it should ,,waver mystically and happlly˝.
About the other movements he wrote: ˝.. . the soft, deep Agnus Dei (just like Miserere nobis in the Gloria movement) should be somewhat elegiac, expressing the most heartfelt compassion with Christ’s sufferings; Dont nobis pacem should bring a tranquil atmosphere of appeasement and creed . . .˝
Miklos Forrai, the conductor of Missa Choralis, was born in 1913 at Magyarszek.
He studied at the Academy of Music in Budapest, where Zoltan Kodaly (composition), Lajos Bardos and Artur Harmath (conducting) were his professors.
Since 1941 Miklos Forrai has been the professor of that Academy, since 1957 the leader of the Faculty of Singing.
Miklos Forrai has been since 1948 the leader of the Budapest Chorus several classical and modern cantatas, oratorios and other choral works were first performed by him in Budapest.