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Great soloists, musically uninspiring
on 26 November 2012
By rights, this ought to be great, but in all honesty, it is just a bit lifeless and stodgy for my taste. In the requiem the orchestra is heavy, and the choir sing without any particular charm. This isn't to say that it's a bad performance, and Matthias Goerne makes a very lovely noise, but if I wanted a disc of this music, I'd turn to the recent LSO Live disc with Nigel Short and Tenebrae doing the singing (Faure: Requiem (Tenebrae)).
The rest of the repertoire is all very so-so, really. The Cantique de Jean Racine is pretty, but not worth the price alone. In all, you won't go far wrong with this CD, but you could do a whole lot better.