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on 30 October 2009
Rich and varied emotionality with grand melodic lines interwoven between polyphonic choruses and homophonic chorales, with stunning singing by the Monteverdi Chorus. This work will transport you to an Angelic World. Breathtaking lyricism in an operatic style work full of emotional contrasts. The work sythesizes the style of Lully with Italinate type arias. This Gardiner recording is an extraordinary performance of an extraordinary work by the French Baroque composer André Campra (1660- 1744) born 28 years after Lully. The work itself is certainly a prime example of what Campra himself wrote in his book of motets, "the sole purpose of music is to raise the spirit towards God by reaching man's hearts". He certainly has succeeded in this requiem. This is a desert island recording. Also see: Campra: Requiem Mass /La Chapelle Royale · Herreweghe
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on 13 June 2009
Heard this Requiem on Radio 3 in the middle of the night and was blown away-- had to buy it--- the Andre Campras Requiem is absolutely beautiful, and in all my years as a musician i had never heard it before- good old radio 3 strikes again!
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on 16 June 2013
I had never heard of Campra before, shame on me, but like so many composers through the centuries who have produced good, or in this case great works, they have been 'lost' in the history of music. This work is of its time but also transcends it . Beauty can have both a particular, contemporary appreciation but can also show itself to every time and circumstance as demonstrating man's achievements and in this particular case the inspiration in the composers belief that he was offering his work to first to God.
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on 8 January 2014
I was stimulated by a recent BBC programme on Requiems to collect those mentioned and have found them to be beautiful and satisfying (I have not yet listened to them all though).
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