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Requiem / Messe Basse / Cantique de Jean Racine

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In January 2014, the Choir of King's College Cambridge were joined by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and former choral scholar Gerald Finley to make the first recording of Marc Rigaudière's new reconstruction of the first complete liturgical performance of Fauré s Requiem. This version employs a small orchestra of violas, cellos and basses, augmented by solo violin in one movement and brass in several more. Under the direction of Stephen Cleobury, the Choir of King's College, Cambridge has faithfully recreated the 1889 premiere, even using the organ stops available to the organist at the Cathedrale de Ste. Madeleine in Paris. The instruments and techniques used by the orchestra are typical of those used in a French orchestra of the late 19th century. The Pie Jesu is sung by treble Tom Pickard, in his final year as a chorister at King's College School. The baritone solos are sung by Gerald Finley, who attended King's College as an undergraduate choral scholar. Gerald Finley says of the recording, 'It is such a joy to sing with the best choir in the world. Being part of this Fauré Requiem, a piece I have known since my own life as a chorister in Canada, with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Stephen Cleobury, is a dream come true.' in the original version of the Requiem, the baritone solo of the Hostias was heard alone, without the bookends forming the Offertorium. The expanded version, as edited by John Rutter, is also included on this album for comparison. Fauré Requiem forms a cornerstone of the Choir's touring repertoire, and is performed many times each year, both with orchestras and organ accompaniment, along with the Cantique de Jean Racine, heard here in it's original version for Choir and Organ. These works are complimented by the Messe Basse for high voices, sung by the sixteen choristers of the choir.

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... got it just for the Cantique but it's all good.I got it just for the Cantique but it's all good.5One of the best performances of Faure's RequiemExcellent performances of beautiful music.4okok3Beautiful version of Faure'sWell recorded. Beautiful version of Faure's Requiem5Highly recommend it.This recording of the magnificent Faure Requiem and other related work of his is glorious. Highly recommend it.5PerfectBeautiful music sung by the very best!5Faure (or Verdi?)There are so many captivating aspects of this CD the clarity of the recording, the color of the organ, precision of the chamber ensemble, the incredible blend of the boy choristers, and the two remarkable soloists.What's missing for me is context. When I think 'up-tempo', it meant very different things to jazz vocalists Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald, who were contemporaries. 'Really loud' showed up quite differently for Mahler and Satie. Faure premiered his Requiem in 1888, and his contemporary Verdi had premiered his Requiem 14 years earlier, yet these composers' treatment of the text is substantially different in tone and energy.For me Faure's work is fundamentally about serenity while Verdi's is all about passion. How Mr. Cleobury conducts the opening two movements of the Faure feels very operatic, like Verdi, with an urgent tempo, huge dynamic swells, and copious amounts of vibrato from the men. The rest of the recording is sublime, but I had to return it because I couldn't get past this opening. (The Herreweghe chamber recording of the Faure is much more measured throughout).3True genius composerQuality music and recording.5Loss of MusicI can't truly review this recording because I am dealing with hearing loss and can only hear parts of the orchestra.I have thousands of LP's and hundreds of CD's ..but am reduced to listening to jazz trios or String Quartets....they are great and keep me still in touch with music. I keep thinking of Beethoven ...and marvel he kept going and composing some of his greatest works. In listening ....one can't do what he did.So no more music reviews.sorry.5Five StarsThe performances could not be improved.5
Requiem / Messe Basse / Cantique de Jean Racine

Requiem / Messe Basse / Cantique de Jean Racine

4.7
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