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5.0 out of 5 stars Heartfelt, treasurable version of this old faithful, 11 May 2011
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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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Initial post: 15 Jun 2011, 13:05:57 BST
Bacchus says:
Excellent review. It sums up the sheer irrationality of reviewing - you love something in spite of (initially) and because of (eventually) its faults.

I have this performance on LP in its original 1960 de luxe Angel packaging. The thing that sells it to me is Dietrich Fischer Dieskau at his most honeyed. It was this recording that turned me from an admirer to being a fan of his singing.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jul 2011, 22:37:53 BST
Thank you. I too used to have the LP version - with the rather wonderful picture of the chorus mistress in a fur coat looking rather fierce with the choir!
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