Music: New Records, may 6, 1957

Martin: Sacred Mass for the Kings of France (soloists and Les Chanteurs de Saint-Eustache conducted by the composer; Concord). One of the most elaborate of modern musical hoaxes in a reverent and earsplitting performance. Originally hailed as a newly discovered coronation Mass by 17th century Composer Etienne Moulinié, the work was presented in 1951 in Paris' Basilica of St. Denis before a distinguished audience as part of Paris' celebration of its 2,000th birthday (breathed one critic: "Perhaps the foreign visitors . . . were able to feel what the Kingdom of France once...

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