Baritone Matthias Goerne, soprano Chen Reiss and cellist Eric Picard come together at Paris’s renowned Salle Pleyel for a concert of Fauré’s works for chorus and orchestra.
They are joined by the Orchestre de Paris under the baton of its new musical director, the GRAMMY Award-winning conductor Paavo Järvi. Central to the programme is Fauré’s profound and graceful Requiem, which is complemented by the Cantique de Jean Racine and the rarely performed psalm-setting Super flumina Babylonis, all beautifully sung by the Choeur de l’Orchestre de Paris, and imbued with a delicate intensity by Järvi.
With the expressive Élégie for cello and orchestra, this is a luxurious all-Fauré event.
Including a 15 mins Interview with Paavo Järvi as a bonus.
Picture format: 1080i 16:9
Sound formats: PCM Stereo, DD 5.1, DTS 5.1
Region code: all (worldwide)
Subtitles: Latin, German, English, French
Booklet notes: English, German, French
Running time: 87 mins (72 mins Performance & 15 mins Bonus)
“Reiss sings [the Pie Jesu] with feeling, and with audible words”
“This is an appealing concert that cleverly mixes the familiar with the unfamiliar and includes a well-known piece in an unfamiliar guise...Jarvi keeps the music flowing along nicely...The violas and cellos are wonderfully expressive throughout...Isabelle Soulard's video direction is pleasingly unobtrusive.”
“the expert choir's native French vowel sounds are a joy in themselves, [and] Eric Picard gives a mesmerising account of the haunting cello Elegie...If that wasn't enough, there follows a performance of the Requiem with the sensational Chen Reiss and Matthias Goerne the equal of any I have heard live or on disc...Unmissable.”
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