Fauré: Requiem, Op. 48

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Verdi & Fauré: Requiems

Verdi & Fauré: Requiems


Fauré:

Requiem, Op. 48

Pierrette Alarie (soprano), Camille Maurane (baritone) & Maurice Duruflé (organ)

Chœurs Elisabeth Brasseur & Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux, Jean Fournet

Verdi:

Requiem

Gré Brouwenstijn (soprano), Maria von Ilosvay (contralto), Petre Munteanu (tenor) & Oskar Czerwenka (bass)

Coro dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Roma & Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Roma, Paul van Kempen


Verdi’s mighty operatic Requiem and Fauré’s more demure offering are stablemates in this collection of rare recordings of these masterpieces. Reissues of Paul van Kempen’s recordings on Eloquence have been garnering great critical plaudits and this is the first international release on CD of his recording of the Verdi, made for Philips in 1955 and featuring stirring contributions from the soloists, especially soprano Gré Brouwenstijn and contralto Maria von Ilosvay. Jean Fournet recorded the Fauré Requiem twice. While his later recording, in stereo, has been widely available, his darker 1953 reading of this work, which features Pierrette Alarie and Camille Maurane, is a rarity.

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Fauré: Requiem

Fauré: Requiem


Bach, J S:

Partita for solo violin No. 2 in D minor, BWV1004

ed. Helga Thoene

Gordan Nikolitch (violin)

St John Passion, BWV245: Ach Herr, lass dein lieb Engelein

Cantata BWV4 'Christ lag in Todesbanden': chorale

Den Tod niemand zwingen kunnt (Nobody could overcome death) from Cantata No. 4

St Matthew Passion: Wenn ich einmal soll scheiden

Fauré:

Requiem, Op. 48

Grace Davidson (soprano) & William Gaunt (baritone)

Tenebrae


LSO Live is delighted to renew its relationship with the magnificent Tenebrae choir, whose previous recordings on the label have included Berlioz’ 'L’enfance du Christ' and Handel’s 'Messiah'. As part of the 2011 City of London Festival, Tenebrae joined an ensemble from the LSO at St Paul’s Cathedral for a performance of the Fauré Requiem, preceded by a selection of Bach’s Chorales interspersed with Partitas performed by Gordan Nikolitch, leader of the LSO. The centrepiece of the programme was Helga Thoene’s remarkable arrangement of Bach’s choral themes with solo violin. The performance was restaged in May 2012 in the sublime acoustic of the Church of St Giles Cripplegate and recorded by LSO Live. The Fauré Requiem in D minor exists in three different versions, the John Rutter edition for chamber orchestra being performed here.

Following an Autumn tour of the USA, Tenebrae will perform a selection of Christmas concerts in December, followed by another tour of the USA in Spring 2013. Tenebrae sopranos will also feature in performances of 'Alice in Wonderland' at the Royal Opera House.

“[The Bach] doesn't quite work, and the sound is uneven, but the experiment is fascinating. Faure's Requiem, sensitively accompanied by the LSO Chamber Ensemble, is warmly performed, at once urgent and serene.” The Observer, 25th November 2012

“This remarkable, moving disc makes ingenious juxtapositions both vertically and horizontally...It is astonishing to hear the chaconne with the beautifully fitting chorale accompaniment Thoene has arranged.” Sunday Times, 16th December 2012

“it is a performance of extreme richness and opulence. Short's marvellously moulded phrases, long-drawn and exquisitely shaped...are vital elements in elevating this performance to the sublime. Not to be downplayed, however, is the exquisite singing of Tenebrae...In short, this is a devastatingly beautiful performance.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2013

“The playing of the London Symphony Orchestra Chamber Ensemble and their leader Gordon Nikolitch and the singing of Tenebrae and the two soloists are all exemplary. The problems here are not mostly of execution but, on two fronts, of conception...Nikolitch's performances of the four dances from the D minor Partita are riveting” BBC Music Magazine, February 2013 ***

“the performance of the Faure Requiem is outstanding, and very well recorded…Tenebrae is such an impressive vocal ensemble, and they avoid all the pitfalls of the cool, clean, clear school of chamber choir – full-blooded, passionate engagement with the dots and the texts, and the soloists are excellent as well. I’m pretty sure it’s a combination you won’t find anywhere else on disc.” CD Review, 5th January 2013

“This disc is a profoundly beautiful and supremely effective meditation on the theme of death and mourning...The singing of Tenebrae is marvellous here. Their blend is nothing short of sensational, and they fit the acoustic of St Giles’ Cripplegate as though it had been tailor made for them...perhaps the finest recorded performance of the Fauré Requiem I have come across...Short’s pacing of the work is masterful throughout” MusicWeb International, April 2013

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Fauré & Duruflé: Requiems

Fauré & Duruflé: Requiems


Duruflé:

Requiem, Op. 9

Janet Baker (mezzo-soprano), Stephen Roberts (baritone), Timothy Hugh (cello) & John Butt (organ)

Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, Sir Philip Ledger

Fauré:

Requiem, Op. 48

Robert Chilcott (treble), John Carol Case (baritone) & John Wells (organ)

Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, Sir David Willcocks

Pavane, Op. 50

Gareth Morris (flute)

New Philharmonia Orchestra, Sir David Willcocks


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Fauré: Requiem & Orchestral works

Fauré: Requiem & Orchestral works


Fauré:

Requiem, Op. 48

Suzanne Danco (soprano) & Gérard Souzay (baritone)

L’Union Chorale de la Tour de Peilz

Pelléas et Mélisande, Op. 80 (suite)

Prelude to Penelope

Masques & Bergamasques Suite


L’Orchestre de la Suisse, Ernest Ansermet

Contrary to the imaginative view offered by many commentators, Fauré’s Requiem had nothing to do with the death of Fauré’s parents. ‘My Requiem was written for nothing,’ the composer confided to Maurice Emmanuel, ‘it was written, if I may say so, for fun.’ Ernest Ansermet recorded the piece with two stellar artists – Suzanne Danco and Gérard Souzay – whose stylistic solos are completely in keeping with the music’s sentiments. Ansermet also recorded three of Fauré’s orchestral works for Decca in 1961, originally coupled with Debussy’s Petite Suite. They are included on this anthology, thereby presenting the sum of Ansermet’s Fauré recordings for Decca. Previously issued on Decca’s ‘Classic Sound’ series, the CD will be welcomed back into circulation by many collectors and the cover reproduces the original illustration used on the Decca LP of the orchestral works.

“Ansermet and his orchestra play eloquently and the recording is excellent” Gramophone Magazine (Orchestral works)

“Ansermet’s version [of the Requiem] is technically immaculate’ … ‘sympathetic and stylish performances [of the orchestral works], highly regarded in their day and still sounding well” Penguin Guide

“Gerard Souzay sings the baritone part most beautifully and for this, and for Ansermet’s grave and distinguished treatment of the lovely work, the reissuse is most welcome’ … ‘In almost every respect an ideal performance” Gramophone Magazine (Requiem)

“In the orchestral pieces, Ansermet's poised refinement is ideal; he also observes the passionate undercurrents.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2012 ****

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Fauré: Requiem & Cantique de Jean Racine

Fauré: Requiem & Cantique de Jean Racine


Fauré:

Requiem, Op. 48

Matthias Goerne (baritone) & Philippe Jaroussky (countertenor)

Cantique de Jean Racine, Op. 11

Élégie in C minor, Op. 24

Eric Picard (cello)

Pavane, Op. 50

Super flumina Babylonis, for mixed choir and orchestra


The second Virgin Classics CD from the Orchestre de Paris under its new Music Director, Paavo Järvi, is entirely devoted to Fauré, with his Requiem as the centrepiece. The soloists are baritone Matthias Goerne and, singing the Pie Jesu usually assigned to a soprano, countertenor Philippe Jaroussky.

Paavo Järvi assumed his role as Music Director of the Orchestre de Paris at the beginning of the 2010-11 season and this, his second Virgin Classics recording with the orchestra, is based on concerts that took place in Paris in early 2011. Like its predecessor, a programme of Bizet released in Autumn 2010 (admired by the UK’s Observer for the “perfect athleticism and agility … provided in abundance by the Orchestre de Paris under its new conductor, Paavo Järvi), it is entirely devoted to music by one French composer -- here Gabriel Fauré. His serene, consoling Requiem is the main work on the CD, which also includes three other much-loved pieces and one little-known item.

“For a conductor from outside France, working on French repertoire with a French orchestra is an exciting prospect, and l’Orchestre de Paris is consummate in this music,” comments Järvi. “I discovered French composers pretty early on, as I was getting to know the Romantic repertoire, with Fauré, Bizet and Dukas. Debussy and Ravel came later. They were a revelation for me.” (Ravel, of course, was a pupil of Fauré at Paris Conservatoire, where the older composer taught for many years.)

The Requiem features two vocal soloists, usually a soprano and a baritone. Here, however, a countertenor – exclusive Virgin Classics artist Philippe Jaroussky – brings his ethereal timbre and sensitive phrasing to the poised Pie Jesu. His baritone colleague is the warm-toned German Matthias Goerne, acknowledged as on of today’s finest vocal recitalists. The Chœur de l’Orchestre de Paris also perform in three other works on the CD, the exquisite Pavane, with its flowing melody and mock-Rococo verses, and two early works to religious texts, the touching Cantique de Jean Racine and Super Flumina Babylonis (By the Rivers of Babylon).

Completing the programme is a purely instrumental work, the reflective, but impassioned Elégie for cello and orchestra, in which the soloist is the Orchestre de Paris’ Principal Cellist, Eric Picard.

“Jaroussky, breathtakingly angelic in what Saint-Saëns considered the only "Pie Jesu" worth performing. But it's Järvi's uncanny knack to somehow derive spiritual uplift from the gloomiest of subjects that most impresses here, a talent tailored to fit such needs.” The Independent, 9th September 2011 ****

“On this showing, Jaroussky might more accurately be described as a countermezzo, since his fine high Fs (top line of the treble stave) are delivered with no sense of strain. Most of the time, he fits the historical bill in sounding more like a boy than a mezzo...Eric Picard plays the Elegie stylishly, supported by some lovely woodwind solos.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2011 ***

“Järvi proves a surprisingly effective interpreter of the Requiem. His French orchestra and chorus lend the ‘Sanctus’ and ‘In Paradisum’ an appropriate air of mystic transcendence, and Matthias Goerne dignifies the ‘Libera me’. A countertenor may not be everyone’s choice for the ‘Pie Jesu’, but you can’t fault Philippe Jaroussky for purity.” Financial Times, 8th October 2011 ****

“However admirable Paavo Järvi's performance of Fauré's Requiem may be, it's the motet Super Flumina Babylonis that provides the main focus on this disc... The choral singing is magnificent throughout...It's a nicely balanced recording, allowing us to appreciate the immense subtlety of Fauré's orchestration. The performance of the Cantique de Jean Racine is one of the most beautiful I know.” The Guardian, 13th October 2011 ****

“Järvi's live recording packs a punch, the X-factor within its beautifully warm, full sound being a core strength that colours both timbre and interpretation and underpins even the light-textured, soprano-led In Paradisum. The vocal tones of both soloists slot into this sound world perfectly, with the casting of countertenor Philippe Jaroussky in the soprano role feeling surprisingly natural from the outset.” bbc.co.uk, 26th October 2011

“the real shock is just how well suited Jaroussky's countertenor turns out to be for the Pie Jesu. There is astonishing purity even in the very highest register and a level of restrained drama that transforms this into something of quite extraordinary impact...The real interest in this new disc is a rare outing for Faure's very first choral piece, Super flumina Babylonis...a remarkably serious and quite operatic utterance from an 18-year-old student” Gramophone Magazine, November 2011

“front-rank Faure. Emotional and cerebral intelligence are harnessed by Paavo Jarvi, a musician clearly dedicated to Faure's cause. Even the composer's familiar Pavane, done here with optional chorus and stripped of false sentiment, sounds fresh and new in its classical elegance.” Classic FM Magazine, December 2011 ****

“The surprise in Paavo Järvi’s live recording of the full orchestral version is countertenor Philippe Jaroussky’s solo in the Pie Jesu, a gamble which comes off beautifully; Jaroussky’s otherworldly vocal perfect for this work...Järvi’s large choir make a pleasingly rich sound and the overall effect is more sincere and less cloying than it can be.” The Arts Desk, 5th November 2011

“[The] shorter pieces come off rather better than the Requiem, in which Järvi does not always sound very interested. This work does contain some very good things, however, particularly from the soloists, and certainly never falls below an acceptable level...Järvi injects a welcome touch of drama into the mid-section.” MusicWeb International, January 2012

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Fauré: Requiem

Fauré: Requiem


Fauré:

Requiem, Op. 48

Sunhae Im (soprano), Konrad Jarnot (baritone), Max Hanft (organ)

Poulenc:

Quatre motets pour un temps de pénitence


Münchner Kammerorchester, Chor des Bayerisches Rundfunks, Peter Dijkstra

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Fauré: Requiem

Fauré: Requiem


Fauré:

Requiem, Op. 48

Cantique de Jean Racine, Op. 11

Christopher Robinson (organ)

with St John's College Choir, Cambridge

Tantum ergo, Op. 65 No. 2

Messe basse

Maria Mater gratiae Op. 47 No. 2


“a charming freshness, and many unmistakeably Faurean touches” Gramophone Magazine

“its special quality is it uses boy trebles and male altos...most winning” Penguin Guide

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Fauré: Requiem

Fauré: Requiem

and other choral music


Fauré:

Ave verum corpus, Op. 65 No. 1

Tantum ergo, Op. 65 No. 2

Messe basse

Cantique de Jean Racine, Op. 11

Requiem, Op. 48

1893 version


Mary Seers (soprano), Isabelle Poulenard (soprano) & Michael George (baritone)

Corydon Singers & English Chamber Orchestra, Matthew Best

“Recommended without hesitation” Classic CD

“Ethereally beautiful” Penguin Guide

“Outstanding” The Independent

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Fauré - Requiem

Fauré - Requiem

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Fauré:

Requiem, Op. 48

Ave verum corpus, Op. 65 No. 1

Tantum ergo, Op. 65 No. 2

Ave Maria, Op. 67 No. 2

Maria Mater gratiae Op. 47 No. 2

Cantique de Jean Racine, Op. 11

Messe basse


Caroline Ashton (soprano), Stephen Varcoe (baritone), John Scott (organ) & Simon Standage (violin)

The Cambridge Singers & Members of the City of London Sinfonia, John Rutter (director)

2010 sees the re-release at mid-price of John Rutter’s Gramophone Award-winning 1984 recording of Fauré’s Requiem. The first-ever performance on disc of the work in its intimate original version – famously re-discovered by Rutter in the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris after a century of neglect – it remains one of the timeless jewels in the crown of the Collegium catologue. Hailed on release as ‘the Fauré Requiem of the future’ (Music Week), Rutter’s performance with the Cambridge Singers and members of the City of London Sinfonia has transformed the way in which we view one of the great works of European sacred music, and remains definitive.

“The medium-scale 1893 version of Fauré's spiritual masterpiece finds a loving advocate in John Rutter, with excellent soloists and a lucid-toned choir.” BBC Music Magazine

“Faure's Requiem has received many fine recordings, but John Rutter's inspired reconstruction of the original 1893 score, using only lower strings and no woodwind, opened our ears to the extra freshness of the composer's first thoughts.” Penguin Guide, 2011 edition

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Fauré - Requiem

Fauré - Requiem


Fauré:

Requiem, Op. 48

(version 1892)

Messe des Pêcheurs de Villerville

arranged Messager


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