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Cherubini: Requiem [CD]

Corydon Singers , Luigi Cherubini , Matthew Best , Corydon Orchestra Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Corydon Orchestra
  • Conductor: Matthew Best
  • Composer: Luigi Cherubini
  • Audio CD (1 Jan 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B000002ZWD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,802 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Marche Funebre
2. Introit and Kyrie
3. Graduale
4. Dies Irae
5. Offertorium - Domine Jesu Christe
6. Offertorium - Hostias
7. Sanctus
8. Pie Jesu (Feat. Steffan Hughes)
9. Agnus Dei

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'A really knockout performance of a dramatic Marche funèbre with some startling effects' --BBC Record Review

'Record of the Month' --Classic FM Magazine

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Requiem en ut mineur - Marche Funèbre / Corydon Singers & Orchestra, dir. Matthew Best

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5.0 out of 5 stars A good purchase 19 Dec 2013
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I heard extracts of this work on BBC 4, it immediately caught my interest so I purchased it on the strength of that. I am not dissapointed and have thoroughly enjoyed it. Rather unusual in that there are no soloists only a choir. Less dramatic than Verdi or Berlioz but just as enjoyable in my opinion. I will look for other works by this composer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best versions of Cherubini's work 1 Jan 1998
By Jeff Lee - Published on Amazon.com
There are many requiems in existence. Despite the heavily religious overtones of Roman Catholicism and the terrors of the centerpiece Dies Irae poem, the requiem mass is almost as versatile as a symphony. Bombastic and grand comes in the form of Verdi's and Berlioz's Requiem; quite and comforting comes in the form of Faure's and Durufle's masses; but I feel that Cherubini, a not-well known composer, wrote a mass that is more akin to Mozart's: beautiful, touching, yet cold and unsettling.
Cherubini wrote two settings of the requiem: this is the first. First off, I must say that it is a truly awe-inspiring work, though it must lack the grandeur of Berlioz's Grande Messe des Mortes and the operatic mechanisms of Verdi's Messa da Requiem. Still, Cherubini wrote a beautiful piece of music. The opening Requiem and Kyrie inspire nothing but quiet and melancholy thoughts in the mind. The Graduale is in my opinion the finest of its kind, a slowly shifting movement that begins uncertainly. The Dies Irae, true to its doomsday nature, is terror-inspiring and almost overwhelming at moments. In its Tuba Mirum, brass are called forth for the Final Judgment in a picture as vivid as Verdi's "insurpassable" Tuba Mirum. The Rex Tremendae Majestatis, whilst invoking the same musical lines of Tuba Mirum, struck me the hardest here: it is nothing but the inspiring magnificence the poem demands. Finally, Lacrimosa dies illa ends the long sequence.
The Offertorium, though not extremely impressive, was not mediocre and certainly satisfying. The Quam Olim Cherubini chose to set like many other composers, including Mozart and Biber: in a fugue. When well performed, as here, the Offertorium becomes rather like an adventure in a musical world, for it shifts from scene to scene. Following the Quam Olim Abrahae is the Sanctus: some call it dull, but whilst the Sanctus lacks the divine grandeur we see in such masses as the Verdi, Berlioz, and Mozart, it is not lacking in beauty. The movement rolls out very smoothly, very "rounded", and the opening strains of "sanctus" by the soprano are certainly well done in this recording. The Agnus Dei concludes the work: titanic, rushing down contrasted with quiet moments of the Lux Aeterna.
I found this recording to be the best out of all the recordings I have heard of Cherubini's Requiem in C. The Corydon Singers and Matthew Best do very well in their interpretation of the mass, and they certainly don't have the pronounciation quirks (though done deliberately) and the breaking up moments of the Dies Irae that the Opus 111 recording has. Certainly, this is a recording to hear. END
5.0 out of 5 stars Polished recording of a strong Cherubini composition 18 May 2011
By jt52 - Published on Amazon.com
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Luigi Cherubini wrote his Requiem in c minor in 1815. The work marked a revival of Cherubini's career after his position as a preeminent opera composer collapsed in the later part of Napoleon's reign. The work is an excellent one and received positive attention from a host of prominent 19th-century musicians, including an admiration-filled Beethoven and Brahms. I'd characterize the style as fluent post-classical writing. Cherubini is exceptionally sophisticated in both his harmonic arrangements - his voicing of chords is complex and original - and he makes extensive use of counterpoint and voice leading, again in an accomplished manner reflecting a very skilled composer. The melodic writing is more understated and may be the reason this Requiem never achieved the sort of popularity of sacred works by say Mendelssohn or Rossini. I found the last two movements, the Pie Jesu and the Agnus Dei, to be the strongest. The Pie Jesu has a beautiful alternation between oboe-led woodwinds and a choral passage outlining the triads and the final Agnus dei is a complex construction featuring a long, gradual tapering away. I'd describe this as quite a difficult work in terms of listening skills.

The performance by Matthew Best and the Corydon Singers & Orchestra is very good, with precise choral singing and sensitive leadership by the conductor. The work does not feature soloists and has an understated, smooth choral style, perhaps another reason why the work is a kind of underground classic among composers and musicians. Recorded sound quality is very good.

This is recommended for the "deep" classical or choral music fan. You'll want to hear this relatively neglected work.
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4.0 out of 5 stars solemn & very peaceful piece 12 Mar 2011
By Elspeth - Published on Amazon.com
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A friend who sings in chorus in local symphony told me that they are going to sing "Cherbini's Requiem". cherubini composed a requiem ?!? I didn't even know about it. I am a music affcionato in classic music. Nothing will do but i got on line & found YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE WHO HAS THIS CD. So I purchased it. Absolutely sensational, & beautiful. I would like to hear several time before I write the comment but this is it at the moment. Thank you, Con Brio, Elspeth
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