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Faure:Requiem [Original recording reissued]

Herreweghe , Ens.Musique Oblique Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (18 Jun 2001)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi
  • ASIN: B00005EAYN
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 616,249 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
It's great to see this superb performance of Fauré's Requiem back in the land of the living once more.For this outing it has been shorn of the charming Messe des pêcheurs which was the filler on the original issue.Although it's a pity to lose this lovely little Mass setting,I think many collectors won't mind just been closeted with the Requiem itself.
I've collected many a recording of the great man's immortal masterwork in my time,and I would certainly put the likes of Barenboim,Best,Willcocks and Gardiner on a short-list of interpretations that will disappoint no-one and delight nearly everyone.However,after having lived with Herreweghe & co for over a decade now,I feel that if I was to be exiled to that desert island,then this is the version I would take along with me.
What is it then that sets this one apart from the crowd ? Perhaps it is the stark simplicity and breathtaking beauty of the 1893 score that they have gone back to for Fauré's first startlingly original thoughts that makes the difference.Not that there is anything wrong with the full orchestral score of 1901,but as the booklet notes;the latter is best suited for the concert hall whilst the former sits best in the more devotional atmosphere of a church acoustic.Maybe that is what gives this CD that rarefied,cool,clear and calm spiritual quality which surrounds your speakers like an aural halo.Or is it just the sheer quality of work from all the artists involved ? The ladies and gentlemen of Ensemble Musique Oblique play like angels and the all-important organ part is in the more than capable hands of Leo van Doeslaar.
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