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5.0 out of 5 stars A timeless classic from King's College, 29 Dec. 2011
This review is from: Fauré: Requiem / Pavane (Audio CD)
I have known this recording for over forty years since I first sang the piece in my school choir and since as the baritone soloist, and I have never found one to match it. The pure, cool sound of the King's College trebles is ideal; there is none of the distracting edge or unsteadiness too often encountered in rival versions - surprisingly, even in the recording on the Regis label by David Hill conducting the normally excellent Westminster Cathedral Choir - and Willcocks knows exactly how to pace the proceedings and shade the dynamics. Treble soloist Robert Chilcott sings divinely, dead on the note without gulps or scoops, while John Carol Case's plaintive baritone hits just the right tone of entreaty.

The sound is remarkably clean despite the resonant acoustic. This is still the best version available.
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Initial post: 24 Mar 2014 19:15:51 GMT
Kevin Dutton says:
Thanks,you sound very authoritative,indeed I shall act upon your advice as I wanted the best version of In Paradisum possible.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Mar 2014 19:38:14 GMT
Ralph Moore says:
I hope you enjoy it, Kevin; I try not to give anyone a bum steer.

Posted on 12 May 2015 23:40:50 BDT
Hi Ralph,

Thank you again for another authorative review (I have a similar connection the Mozart Requiem, which I sang as part of my college choir [bass/baritone section]). I'll have to give this a listen soon, given you high praise.

I was curious if you had heard the Rutter version, which is the only one I have from a puchase I made long ago. If so, how do you think they compare? I think it's of the original 1983 version.

Cheers,

Ed

In reply to an earlier post on 12 May 2015 23:53:02 BDT
Ralph Moore says:
I don't know it, Ed but I tend to prefer a really good treble to a soprano.
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