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A great release of Fauré's Requiem,
This review is from: Faure: Requiem (Audio CD)
I just came across this recording of the requiem searching among other na´ve titles. I don't like to be especially add to any discographic company, but I'm much in agreement with the way na´ve works, when it comes to innovation in design, also musically speaking, of course.
This recording matches excellence in every sense. Accentus is a formidable choir, their sound is impecable and extremely musical, their latin highly understandable and bright. The soloists join also the great musicality of the choir. Piau gives a very pure version of Pie Jesu, with few vibrato and no mannerism, that works very well. And Degout brings two fantastic solos, whith non-operatic delicacy and perfect volume. Also under the baton of Equilbey, the 56 members orchestra plays accurately and clear, very tender and chamber-like.
The result is an excellent interpretation of the requiem. No forced dynamics, not a note out place; and very different from the most known and played version for full orchestra.
And to end with even better taste, a magnifique Cantique de Jean Racine, just to make you drop a little tear.