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Heartfelt, treasurable version of this old faithful
, 11 May 2011
This review is from: Requiem (Audio CD)
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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