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)
“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.”
“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.”
“Reiss sings [the Pie Jesu] with feeling, and with audible words”
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