Marc Henric: Agnus Dei : Petits Chanteurs de Saint-Marc

chazal001The young French composer Marc Henric is the son of Jean Henric the President of the Choral Federation "Pueri Cantorès". With so much choral music in his background it’s hardly surprising that he should turn his hand to choral composition. This is his setting of "Agnus Dei" — it’s a thing of beauty. Remarkable to think that Henric is only in his twenties. For this posting I’ve put two recordings of his "Agnus Dei" into a playlist which you’ll find below the fold.

The first is the most recent and is from the Petits Chanteurs de Saint-Marc’s concert at Seoul Arts Center on May 13th, 2011. The soloist for this performance was David Chazal. Chazal’s solos in this demanding piece of music are really very good, he has a nice intonation with good diction and good control. Henric’s score requires the soloist to cover quite a range and Chazal manages to do this without sounding excessively forced. It’s a good performance and one that he, Nicolas Porte, and the choir can all be proud of. At the end of the video there’s vigorous applause from the audience who clearly knew they’d just heard some very good singing.

The second video dates from May 9th 2010 and was recorded in the Crypt of the Basilica de Fourvière, Lyons. The soloist in this performance was Jean-Baptiste Brulé. As you might expect of any performance by Jean-Baptiste Brulé the singing is excellent. He sings the piece very smoothly with a seemingly effortless delivery that’s a real pleasure to listen to. His performance is somewhat marred by sound quality issues at 360 so it’s worth your while playing the HD version of this video. Lyrics to "Agnus Dei" together with a translation into are below the playlist.

Enjoy :-)


Agnus Dei

Agnus Dei, qui tolis peccata mundi,Lamb of God, who takes away sins of world,
miserere nobis.have mercy on us.
Agnus Dei, qui tolis peccata mundi,Lamb of God, who takes away sins of world,
dona nobis pacem.

grant us peace.


2 thoughts on “Marc Henric: Agnus Dei : Petits Chanteurs de Saint-Marc

  1. Thank you for this! I’ve actually recently found this song and had been playing these two versions over and over again. This article was really awesome, thank you :)

    • You’re very welcome! It’s a marvelous piece of music and they can really sing, like you I’ve played both versions repeatedly. Glad you enjoyed the article too :-)


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