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Requiem

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  • Orchestra: Paris Conservatoire Orchestra
  • Conductor: André Cluytens
  • Composer: Gabriel Fauré
  • Audio CD (5 Oct. 1998)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Music UK
  • ASIN: B00002439J
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,997 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Introit & Kyrie
  2. Offertoire
  3. Sanctus
  4. Pie Jesu (Feat. Steffan Hughes)
  5. Agnus Dei
  6. Libera Me
  7. In Paradisum

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The growing popularity of Faure's Requiem has made it fashionable in some music circles to be slightly superior about it. Revisiting this classic recording (which was first re-issued by EMI in 1989, having been available as a budget LP for over 30 years) reminds me why that is a wholly misplaced reaction. Victoria de los Angeles and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau bring real depth to their solos. The Paris Conservatoire under Cluytens dwells on the luscious instrumental textures at the surface of the work, but there is loss and longing in there too. Faure's Requiem sits on the cusp of religiosity and agnosticism. This classic performance captures its sheer warmth and humanity. No doubt there are better technical recordings - in at least two places there are badly engineered fades that presumably go back to the original master tapes. But if you want the emotion and feeling of this twentieth century classic, here is a fine place to start.
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I downloaded this as an MP3 so can't comment on the (currently unavailable) CD version. This was for me, as for many others, the first version I ever heard of the Faure Requiem (I heard it as a schoolboy) and it holds a special place in my affections as a result.
So how delighted I was to derive the same pleasure from it nearly 40 years after that first hearing. Dodgy ensemble, occasionally questionable intonation, wonky edits and fades, warts and all - I absolutely love this version, hence the five stars (I would have taken half off if the system allowed but couldn't bear to take a whole star away)!
And no-one could accuse it of being inauthentic, despite the Spanish soprano and German baritone. De Los Angeles and Fischer-Dieskau had two of the most beautiful voices of the day, and both were idolised by the French concert-going public, so no cavilling there. Cluytens slow tempi simply add to the fervent, genuinely sincere quality of this performance. For sheer perfection I would still recommend the Rutter recording, but I'm so glad I rediscovered this one, and will listen to it often, as I am listening to it now, with pure pleasure.
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I first heard this recording in the early 1960's. It was my first exposure to Faure's Requiem and I found it sublime. There are, it is true, things one can criticise about it (hence only 4 stars) but taken as a whole this recording still hits all the right spots. I love it! They can play the 'Pie Jesu' at my funeral.
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