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Fauré: Requiem / Debussy: Trois chansons de Charles d'Orléans / Saint-Saëns: Calme des nuits
 
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Fauré: Requiem / Debussy: Trois chansons de Charles d'Orléans / Saint-Saëns: Calme des nuits

1 Jun. 1994 | Format: MP3

£7.99 (VAT included if applicable)
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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 1994
  • Release Date: 1 Jun. 1994
  • Label: Decca Music Group Ltd.
  • Copyright: (C) 1994 Universal International Music B.V.
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  • Total Length: 1:09:39
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  • ASIN: B001N5BR76
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,837 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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This is an exceptionally beautiful recording of the Requiem. Part of Gardiner's success lies in avoiding the (over-)familiar full orchestral score that Fauré wrote later and returning to the original scoring of the earliest performances - a string orchestra consisting of violas, cellos and double basses, pairs of horns and trumpets, tympani, harp and organ. This dark-hued sound world is expressive, warm and suitably restrained and mournful. A solo violin appears like a beam of sunlight from heaven in the Sanctus and In paradisum. Three trombones sound powerfully in the Libera me. Catherine Bott is probably the best soprano I've heard in the Pie Jesu - utterly natural, sweet and tender without any trace of sentimentality - and aided well by the baritone Gilles Cachemaille. The Monteverdi Choir, Salisbury Cathedral Boy Choristers and the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique are uniformly superb with a warm and detailed Philips recording from 1992.

The extra works are very well selected - 'Les Djinns', an earlier piece for mixed choir and piano (a very nice Erard 1874 on this recording) by Fauré, three pieces by Camille Saint-Saens (especially the very beautiful 'Calme des nuits' Op. 68 No. 1) and the very fine, and rarely recorded, 'Trois Chansons de Charles d'Orleans' by Debussy and the 'Trois Chansons' by Ravel - masterly succinct with a restrained and quite haunting beauty. All the works merit repeated playing.

This disc goes straight to the top for my choice of the Requiem and with the extras is unbeatable.
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The most gentle performance out there. That might be either a good or bad thing, depending on your sensibilities, but Faure's Requiem is meant to be gentle, or so I believe. The final rest. The tranquil death. This recording will dress you in the finest silk and lead you there.
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This is a very good recording of Faure's Requiem; I already own it on cd and wished to access it on my Kindle whilst learning the score for a concert. Absolutely delighted to find it available for digital download.
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This is a bit overwrought performnace of Faure's Requiem, although the Monteverdi Choir sing it beautifully with genuine emotional involvement. Sir Eliot Gartdiner paces it too slow throughout and explains the music bar by bar (I call it "British conductors' syndrome") rather than letting the music speak for itself. The sublimity of the music is lost along the way in too much deliberations.

The fillers, on the other hand, are splendid. Saint-Saens' rarely performed choral gems and Debussy & Ravel's choral works are very original and captivating.
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A good buy
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