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Fauré: Requiem

13 Oct 2008 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 3 Nov 2008
  • Label: naïve classique
  • Copyright: 2008 naïve
  • Total Length: 41:15
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  • ASIN: B0027S2SYY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,512 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By J Scott Morrison HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Nov 2008
Format: Audio CD
Accentus, founded and directed by Laurence Equilbey, is one of Europe's premier choral groups. Over the last few years their CDs have been among my favorite choral recordings. This recording of Fauré's Requiem and the Cantique de Jean Racine joins that list. In fact, it's hard to imagine choral works more suited to the delicate, even ethereal sound of this group, with their impeccable tuning and gorgeous pianissimi. They are joined here by soprano Sandrine Piau whose Pie Jesu is innocent and moving, and by baritone Stéphane Degout in the 'Hostias' section of the Offertorium and in the Libera me. As well a children's chorus, Maîtrise de Paris, and a chamber-sized orchestra taken from the Orchestre National de France are heard. The Requiem exists in several different performing editions and it is not clear to me which of these is heard here. It certainly is not the version with full orchestra that Fauré's publisher insisted he provide. Rather it sounds like some version of the original form of the work. In its first version the Requiem had only five sections, with the Offertorium and Libera me added a couple of years later. If I'm not mistaken the Pie Jesu was originally sung by a treble and in this recording a female soprano is used, although it needs to be said that Piau's voice sounds very nearly like that of a boy soprano. Certainly the innocence and gentle urgency are there. Lest it seem I'm implying there is only a narrow dynamic range in this performance, let me add that the climactic moment of the Sanctus, the final 'Hosanna in excelsis!', really rings out. The same is true for the climax of the Libera me.Read more ›
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Music for the Child on 11 Oct 2009
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I just came across this recording of the requiem searching among other naïve titles. I don't like to be especially add to any discographic company, but I'm much in agreement with the way naïve works, when it comes to innovation in design, also musically speaking, of course.

This recording matches excellence in every sense. Accentus is a formidable choir, their sound is impecable and extremely musical, their latin highly understandable and bright. The soloists join also the great musicality of the choir. Piau gives a very pure version of Pie Jesu, with few vibrato and no mannerism, that works very well. And Degout brings two fantastic solos, whith non-operatic delicacy and perfect volume. Also under the baton of Equilbey, the 56 members orchestra plays accurately and clear, very tender and chamber-like.

The result is an excellent interpretation of the requiem. No forced dynamics, not a note out place; and very different from the most known and played version for full orchestra.

And to end with even better taste, a magnifique Cantique de Jean Racine, just to make you drop a little tear.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Frances on 13 Nov 2010
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beatiful music, quite transcendental, the performance good, but the recording has a background hiss which really detracts from the feeling of the music.

probably not the best disc
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nick Armstrong on 14 Nov 2011
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I really do not understand the reviewer who complained about the recording quality of this wonderful disc. The balance between clarity and a sense of the acoustic, and between choir, instrumentalists and organ, is exemplary I think. I especially love the way the liquid sound of the organ can be heard where it accompanies a melody on the strings, adding a sort of halo to the sound. Add two ideal soloists and a heavenly violin solo in the Sanctus, and you have near perfection. Don't hesitate!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ellen Olsen on 4 May 2009
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If you need contact with your feelings it's good to listen to Faure`s Requiem. I am just an ordinary listener, but i think Accentus playes this composition into perfection. The track with Agnus Dei is simply magic!
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