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This review is from: Duruflé: Requiem, Messe 'Cum Jubilo', Motets (Audio CD)
The orchestral version of Durufle`s Requiem is without doubt the most interesting version, and a good recording of it would be a plus in any CD collection. Unfortunately this recording is not up to the task.
The performance itself is good, so far as one can tell, but it is so poorly miked that much of it is simply lost. Whenever the choir is singing, the sound is distant and diffuse, and the counterpoint is barely audible; what one gets is a vague wash of sound coming from some far-off place. A pretty wash, admittedly, but a wash nonetheless.
Yet when the focus is on the soloists, or the orchestra alone, the mikes are much closer in, and one can hear that the orchestral playing is fine. That makes me wonder if those who are coming to this work for the first time simply don`t realise how much they are being short-changed. The pie jesu simply should not sound louder than the libera me or the offertoire.
Perhaps some listeners like the distant-sounding choir; this listener however would prefer to hear the detail. Certainly the wide dynamic range of the piece will always present the recording engineers with problems, but the choices they have made here do the music no favours at all.