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  • Conductor: Yan Pascal Tortelier
  • Composer: Gabriel Faur
  • Audio CD (15 Sept. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Chandos
  • ASIN: B0000C83YM
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,891 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Cantique de Jean Racine, Op. 11City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus 5:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. La Naissance de Venus, Op. 29Mary Plazas22:45Album Only
Listen  3. Pavane, Op. 50City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus 6:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Requiem, Op. 48: Introit et KyrieLibby Crabtree 6:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Requiem, Op. 48: OffertoireLibby Crabtree 7:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Requiem, Op. 48: SanctusLibby Crabtree 3:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Requiem, Op. 48: Pie JesuLibby Crabtree 3:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Requiem, Op. 48: Agnus DeiLibby Crabtree 5:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Requiem, Op. 48: Libera MeLibby Crabtree 4:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Requiem, Op. 48: In ParadisumLibby Crabtree 3:43£0.79  Buy MP3 

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Gibbons TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 Mar. 2010
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Yan Pascal Tortelier's recording of the 1900 full orchestral version of the Requiem is one of the finest in the catalogue. The orchestration may, or may not, have been undertaken by Faure but is, in its own way, just as enjoyable as the 'original' version of 1893. The recording quality is quite superb; the Birmingham chorus sing like angels; the BBC Philharmonic are a splendid ensemble; the two soloists have been perfectly chosen. Tortelier has this music in his blood and directs a performance that is perfectly paced, beautifully phrased and extremely moving. If you want a recording of Faure's Requiem in this form, do not hesitate.

The fillers, sensibly placed before the Requiem, combine the popular with the obscure. There are quite delightful performances of the Cantique de Jean Racine and the choral verion of the Pavance.

The rarity on this disc is La Naissance de Venus for soloists, chorus and orchestra. Faure overcame the liability of a terrible text and, especially in the earlier pages, wote some of his very finest music. The work should be much more widely known and has in Yan Pascal Tortelier the best possible advocate. A delightful performance.

All in all, this is essential disc for all lovers of French music. Buy and enjoy!
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Had looked for this recording for some time, and now having it on my Fire and also on CD is very pleasing. One of the better recordings of this Faure.
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Amazon.com: 1 review
Good but unexceptional Requiem - but do investigate it for the rare cantata 29 April 2012
By G.D. - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one of those discs that it is rather hard to rate properly. It contains a decent but unexceptional performance of the familiar Requiem in its symphonic version, and while there is little that is obviously objectionable about the performances (and much that is commendable) it will hardly rank among the very best either. But then again, I suppose most people coming to this disc would not be attracted primarily by the Requiem, but by the rare, 22-minute cantata La Naissance de Venus, a mature work that, if it is not among the composer's most memorable, contains much fascinating music. Now, this is not the work's only recording (there is at least one conducted by Antony Walker on ABC and one under Bernhard Tétu on EMI), but it is at least rare enough that I have never heard it in any other version.

But let us take the Requiem first. Opinions concerning the various versions vary, of course, but at least the full orchestra and full chorus version has its qualities, and the performance here is helped by Chandos's fine, warm engineering (I see that those acquiring the SACD version are less unanimously positive about the sound; I don't know whether it reflects features particular to the SACD version or something else). The City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus sings well, the soloists are generally good, and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra gives fine performances as well. Still, this is a performance generally realizes the calm and radiantly beautiful more than reflective and haunting, and sometimes one feels that a little more textural variety would not have gone amiss. It is probably a result of the most controversial feature of the performance: Tortelier's tempo choices, which are very much on the (very) slow side, especially in the Kyrie, and I can easily imagine that they won't be to everyone's liking (I admit to finding the performance verging dangerously close to the boring on occasions).

La Naissance de Venus is a beautiful work, however. Maybe the themes are slightly less distinguished than those of the Requiem, and perhaps the music is gorgeous rather than rapturous, but the work is sufficiently variegated, imaginative and powerful for its neglect to be a little surprising - it was written in 1895 and is as such hardly an early work either. The text, which is silly, may be part of the reason, I suppose. In any case, it opens with a marvelously beautiful pastoral introduction and moves through some strikingly beautiful lyrical music, inventive harmonies and textures, and scenes of energetic splendor, always superbly scored and formally finely judged. Perhaps, just perhaps, it is a little lacking in variety, or perhaps it is the performances that do not fully bring out the subtle shifts of atmosphere.

As couplings we get a fine performance of the beautiful Cantique de Jean Racine and a similarly effective version of the lovely Pavane, here in its version for chorus and orchestra. In sum, then, while this may not rank with the very best as a performance of the Requiem it does provide a rare chance to hear La Naissance de Venus, and may as such be an opportunity that fans of the composer cannot afford to lose. Hence the difficulty in rating the disc as a whole - it should definitely reflect the importance of including Venus, but also be a warning to those who are only seeking a version of the Requiem to live with.
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