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Faure:Requiem

Rutter/Cambridge Sin Audio CD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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  • Audio CD (5 Mar 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Collegium Records
  • ASIN: B00000DRUI
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 203,100 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very special 21 Dec 2013
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A very special version of the requiem. This is John Rutter's own edition of it and it is by far the best in the catalogue. Brilliantly sung and played it is The number one recommendation. The fill ups are equally well done. Recommended without reservation.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully sung, smaller-forces 1893 version 28 Jan 2008
By Lawrence H. Passmore - Published on Amazon.com
There are basically 3 versions of this work -- the original from circa 1888 with very reduced orchestration, and missing the Offertoire and Libera Me movements. This version on this recording dates from 1893, and is the first to contain the Offertoire and Libera Me movements (the Libera Me actually was written as a stand-alone work way back in 1877). The 1893 version uses an orchestra almost as small as the first version, but adds horns and trumpets, plus violins in In Paradisum. Later, in 1900, Fauré allowed a large orchestration version of the work to be published -- the one we usually hear today.

If you have heard only that 1900 full-orchestra version, you have not really heard this work in its purest beauty. The smaller forces allow the gentleness of this music to wash over the listener in a way not possible in the 1900 version with full orchestra and larger chorus.

The clean, restrained, but lovingly-shaped straight-tone singing of this ensemble makes it the perfect choir for this smaller-forces version. The sopranos singing "Lux aeterna" in the middle of the Agnus Dei bring forth a sound as crystalline as a glass harmonica -- stunning in purity. In Pie Jesu, soprano soloist Caroline Ashton sings with a gentle ethereal tone that has one doing a double-take -- wasn't that some top-drawer boy soprano? Baritone Stephen Varcoe's solos are appropriately clean and expressive, but in this case I did miss the fuller richer baritone sound of other recordings.

This recording also contains a juicy bon-bon -- the Fauré's drop-dead-gorgeous morsel, Cantique de Jean Racine in a version with orchestration by Rutter. All's well with the word after spending 6 minutes and 48 seconds listening to that track!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Original Rutter edition using 1893 version 12 Jan 2008
By JC - Published on Amazon.com
This CD (Collegium 101) is the original release of Rutter's presentation of the original 1893 version of Faure's Requiem. Also includes Faure's Cantique de Jean Racine.

Tracks:
Requiem
1) Introit et Kyrie
2) Offertoire
3) Sanctus
4) Pie Jesu
5) Agnus Dei
6) Libera Me
7) In Paradisum

8) Cantique de Jean Racine

Performers:
Caroline Ashton
Stephen Varcoe

Simon Standage
John Scott

The Cambridge Singers
Members of the City of London Sinfonia

Conductor:
John Rutter
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars what I was able to hear was wonderful... 7 Jan 2013
By Jean Redmond - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this used and the CD was advertised as "used--very good." However, the CD was damaged and it stuck about a third of the way through. Wasted money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great service 8 Nov 2010
By donnad - Published on Amazon.com
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I received the item sooner than I expected, and it arrived in great shape. No scratches, and it plays beautifully. I'd purchase from this seller again.
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