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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars atmosphere, 28 Jan. 2008
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Thomas Neal (England) - See all my reviews
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If one could award points for atmosphere created by recordings, this one would win easily. True, the acoustics do 'mush' the sound on occassions and the tuning of the sopranos and trumpets in the "Libera" movement is not wonderful, but what we have here is a deeply moving,passionate, and atmophseric recording, which in some ways is far more realistic to how Duruflé himself would have heard the work.

I was delighted to be introduced to a very fine performance of the "Notre Pére", although the four motets on Gregorian themes are better suited to smaller choirs than the larger chorus employed here. That said, each motet is performed very beautifully and accurately.

The organist also contributes some very fine playing. Both soloists offer stunning performances, e.g. the Bass in "Hostias". You can almost feel the soprano weeping in her solo...magic!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent introduction, 7 Aug. 2001
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This CD is an excellent introdcution to the sacred music of Duruflé, consisting of a large scale Requiem and also some smaller works. The music is certainly beautiful, with freely cascading parts and a remarkably prayerful ambience.
While the recording is good, I would warn the discerning of the hazy acoustic of the church and the apparent distance of the performers that this creates. The recording does not have great clarity, although in some ways this adds to the atmosphere of the music. A good CD, I would certainly recommend it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars simply stunning, 21 Jan. 2008
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Thomas Neal (England) - See all my reviews
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Another great success from the Naxos label. So many times we see Maurice Durufle's haunting masterpiece alongside Faure's on the same disc, and yet the works do not complement each other (Durufle's being the more modern, perhaps mature work). The only similarity between the works (apart from the fact they are written by French composers) is that they are both optimistic about the final judgement, life after death etc., although the Dies Irae does make a very brief appearance in the Durufle (and perhaps in the Faure too somewhere???) At last we can hear it in its proper context - it is accompanied by the famous four motets based on gregorian themes, the beautiful Notre Pere, and other works, including the amazing Scherzo and the stunning Prelude and Fugue on "Alain" for organ. The former in particular is given a very fine performance here.

The performance, although suffering from slight tuning problems in the chorus and brass sections, is an excellant one. Both chorus and orchestra are superb, as is the organist.

Durufle's Requiem, like the four motets, is based on gregorian themes, from the opening Introit, the blistering Sanctus, and the tear-jerking Pie Jesu, sung beautifuly and dramatically on this disc by the soprano soloist. The bass soloist's appearances (especially in the Hostias) are also a delight to hear, being carried out with much reverence and reservation which is ideal for this stunning French work.

Maurice Durufle's opus 9 is by no means a small work or for the weak-hearted; somehow the composer has combined ruthless passion, reserved humility, and sobbing agony into one glorious work. One sometimes feels musicians do not listen enough - and this would be an excellant place to start.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the CD but wish Amazon would pay their TAXES, 28 Mar. 2013
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A lovely recording of the Requiem. Even better was the Prelude and Fugue on the organ. The dissonant harmonies slipped in are spine tingling!
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Have not yet heard all tracks, 8 Jan. 2014
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I was stimulated by a recent BBC programme on Requiems to collect those mentioned and have found them to be beautiful and satisfying (I have not yet listened to them all though).
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