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  • Conductor: Robert Shaw
  • Composer: Gabriel Fauré, Durufle
  • Audio CD (18 Dec. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B000003CU2
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 136,133 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Requiem, Op.48: Introit & Kyrie
2. Requiem, Op.48: Offertory
3. Requiem, Op.48: Sanctus
4. Requiem, Op.48: Pie Jesu
5. Requiem, Op.48: Agnus Dei
6. Requiem, Op.48: Libera me
7. Requiem, Op.48: In Paradisum
8. Requiem, Op.9: Introit
9. Requiem, Op.9: Kyrie
10. Requiem, Op.9: Domine Jesu Christe
11. Requiem, Op.9: Sanctus
12. Requiem, Op.9: Pie Jesu
13. Requiem, Op.9: Agnus Dei
14. Requiem, Op.9: Lux aeterna
15. Requiem, Op.9: Libera me
16. Requiem, Op.9: In Paradisum

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By n3_biker on 28 Sept. 2013
Format: Audio CD
.... were present at this recording. For me it's not the Fauré, it's Duruflé's Requiem that's the revelation. Shaw's take on this may not be "authentic" but what a sound. Just listen to the Sanctus / Pie Jesu central section. It's breathtakingly beautiful. The love between the chorus and orchestra and the conductor here is palpable. Sorry to get mushy, but you don't get these results without there being a deep communication and understanding going on. I've heard the piece in its three incarnations across a number of recordings. Nothing gets anywhere near this stunning disc.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Austen Biss on 23 Mar. 2012
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I am ashamed to admit that I did not know and had never heard the Faure Requiem. My loss, but I have discovered it now, after nearly 60 years of music devotion.

This I understand is not the original or prefered version. So I'm not a purist. Purists are missing out on one of the most beautiful discs I have ever heard. Buy it, curl up and revel in an unbelievable sound world. I can say no more.
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French Choral Classics 30 Nov. 2005
By Harvey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This disk has set the standard for performing the settings of the Requiem mass by two great French masters, Gabriel Faure and Maurice Durufle. The Faure setting is an intimate one with occasional moments of tempestuousness. This particular recording features the more heavily orchestrated edition (for an excellent chamber version see the Cambridge Singers under John Rutter). Put in seven parts, additional features include two baritone solos and a lovely soprano solo. The choral parts are not difficult, but require a delicate touch with great articulation, all provided here. The harmonies gently shift with occasional color changes and chromatic mediant relationships. The concluding movement (In Paradisum) sums up the experience with a satisfying contemplative moment devoid of bombasticity. A masterwork not to be missed.

The Durufle Requiem is a horse of a different color. The rhythms and harmonies are not so classically straight-forward like the Faure; far from it. Not only do the rhythms constantly shift, the melodies aren't classically structured, but instead, quote and are reminiscent of chant, making the rhythmic changes seem natural. The harmonic setting is heavily steeped in church modes, but Durufle's lush orchestrations make this anything but old-fashioned. Much more thickly textured, Durufle doesn't fear to leap into occasional revelry and joyousness; Durufle has a knack for timing his climaxes just right, more moments of exuberance than Faure exhibited. This edition is the fully orchestrated version, and while there is a nice organ accompaniment edition, I much prefer the grandeur of the orchestra. Robert Shaw chooses not to have soloists, but instead have the choir parts sing the solos. This version is still highly exciting and lacks nowhere (unless you want soloists). You might want to choose to have an all Durufle choral CD (Michael Plasson in EMI classics is a good choice), but this pairing of two classics is an equally fine program.

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus have not put out such a successful CD as in this 1987 digital Telarc classic. The sound is full and virile, the heightened sense of drama is apparent and can't be beat by any other recording, certainly not by another American choir. Nearly two decades after its release, this still remains the standard.
40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
Durufle at His Finest 21 Mar. 2001
By Brook Boddie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This recording of the Faure and Durufle Requiems has single handedly served to wear out the speakers of my stereo system! The Atlanta Symphony and Chorus are at their finest on both settings, but the Durufle stands out as being exquisite. Those unfamiliar with this great work should purchase this CD in order to experience a first rate recording of this choral masterpiece. The Atlanta musicians have done a magnificent job of blending voices, instruments, and organ into a nearly-perfect masterpiece of sacred music. If you are fortunate enough to listen to this work on a high-quality stereo system that properly translates the intensity of the pedal division of the organ, you know what I mean when I say that listening to this work is a moving experience. Of particular delight in the Durufle setting are the Sanctus and In Paradiso movements. This recording should serve to become the staple by which all other recordings of these works are compared. It is a must have for any lover of sacred choral music.
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
A dichotomy 24 May 2003
By John Prothero - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I am an unabashed preacher of the Shaw choral doctrine. Even though I was never a music student, I have always been a student of music, in particular choral music. And in my humble opinion, few have interpreted such wide ranges of choral music better than the late Mr. Shaw. However, I find that in this particular recording of two of the finest settings of the Requiem text that the Faure lacks, while the Durufle soars. I have sung the Faure, and still find that Shaw's reading was just that - a reading. No real emotion derived from the music. The Durufle, on the other hand, is ethereal and inspiring. Powerful and beautiful. The chorus understands the use of overtones and the simple complexity of Durufle's music. Usually, if I have the CD in my player I skip the Faure and go staight to the Durufle. I do have other recordings of both Requiems, and find Shaw's Durufle the definitive recording. He UNDERSTOOD Durufle. However, for an excellent Faure Requiem I'd recommend either the John Rutter and Cambridge Singers (Collegium) or Charles Dutiot and the Montreal Symphony (London).
35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
The Faure is Great, Not so Much the Durufle 16 Feb. 2006
By Jack D. McNamara - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The Faure Requiem (Op. 48) in D minor is a soft, gentle requiem unlike the powerful Verdi, Berlioz, and Durufle. The delicate qualities of this requiem are captured beautifully on this recording.

The Durufle Requiem (Op. 9) is one of my most favorite compositions of all time and it is not performed well on this disc for one reason: the solos are sung by the choir and that is not what I want to hear when I want to hear Durufle's requiem. Piquemal's version is still my favorite and I recommend that over this one.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Unique and unequaled performances 17 Jan. 2005
By Samer Ismail - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
One thing abundantly clear from listening to this CD is that Robert Shaw truly understood these pieces: he saw that while they are united by the fact that both eschew the "Dies irae" that dominates the Mozart and Verdi Requiems, they are otherwise very different works.

The best evidence for this comes from the Fauré, which is performed in a version reconstructed by John Rutter. The biggest change is that the violin part is transposed up an entire octave; while it does not sound like much, it sounds perfectly natural to me, while the more commonly performed version sounds off.

Likewise, Shaw's decision to give the solo in the Pie Jesu to all the altos instead of to a single soloist (a decision blasted by Dennis Keene in the notes for his recording on Delos) also works surprisingly well, even if it isn't what Duruflé himself intended.

The full orchestration of Duruflé's Requiem is heard here to splendid effect; the menace of the Libera me is quite vivid, while the climax of the Duruflé Sanctus is far better here than in any other version I've ever heard (little wonder that it appears on at least *four* Telarc compilation CDs!).

Listening to this CD, I was amazed to find it was recorded nearly 20 years ago. It is, quite simply, one of the best CDs in my collection, and one I would recommend to just about anyone.
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