Fauré: Messe basse

This page lists all recordings of Messe basse, by Gabriel Urbain Fauré (1845-1924) on CD, SACD & download (MP3 & FLAC). Generally, more recent releases are listed first, but with priority given to those that are in stock.

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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

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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

and other sacred music


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, Messe basse & Cantique de Jean Racine and Vierne & Severac: Choral Works

Fauré: Requiem, Messe basse & Cantique de Jean Racine and Vierne & Severac: Choral Works


Fauré:

Requiem, Op. 48

Messe basse

Cantique de Jean Racine, Op. 11

Severac:

Tantum ergo

Vierne, L:

Pièces de fantaisie, 1st suite, Op. 51: No. 2, Andantino


Lisa Beckley (soprano), Colm Carey (organ), Nicholas Gedge (bass-baritone)

Oxford Schola Cantorum, Oxford Camerata, Jeremy Summerly

“Faure's Cantique de Jean Racine makes a perfect conclusion to this lovely programme.” Gramophone Magazine

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Duruflé: Requiem, Op. 9, etc.

Duruflé:

Requiem, Op. 9

Prelude & Fugue sur le nom d'Alain, Op. 7

Quatre Motets sur des thèmes grégoriens, Op. 10

Fauré:

Requiem, Op. 48

Cantique de Jean Racine, Op. 11

Messe basse

Poulenc:

Mass in G major

Salve Regina

Litanies à la Vierge noire

Exultate Deo


Choir of St John's College, George Guest

“Here's almost two and a half hours of bliss. These are recordings to set aside for the time when, as the prayer says, 'the busy world is hushed'. Asked to characterise Fauré's and Duruflé's Requiems as compared with others, we might suggest words such as 'delicate', 'meditative', 'undramatic'; but that last would be a mistake. These performances certainly do not go out of their way to 'be' dramatic or anything else other than faithful to the music, but one is struck by the power exercised by those rare moments that rise to a forte and above.
The choir is surely at its best, the trebles with their fine clear-cut, distinctive tone, the tenors (so important in the Fauré) graceful and refined without being precious, the altos exceptionally good, and only the basses just occasionally and briefly plummy or obtrusive in some way.
The Poulenc works further test a choir's virtuosity yet in the extremely difficult Mass, the choir seems secure, and in the Salve Regina they catch the necessary tenderness. The treble soloists sing beautifully, Christopher Keyte dramatises almost too convincingly in Duruflé's 'tremens factus', and Benjamin Luxon, his production less even, builds finely in Fauré's Libera me. These recordings have a vividness, certainly in the choral sound, that modern recordings generally lack.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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Fauré: Requiem

Fauré: Requiem

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Fauré:

Requiem, Op. 48

Sarah Yanovitch (soprano) & Edmund Milly (bass)

Messe basse

Nola Richardson (soprano)

Maria Mater gratiae Op. 47 No. 2

Ave Maria, Op. 67 No. 2

Nola Richardson (soprano)

Ave verum corpus, Op. 65 No. 1

Petite Fugue in A minor, Op. 84 No. 3

Ave Maria, Op. posth.

Tantum ergo, Op. 65 No. 2

Sarah Yanovitch (soprano), Nola Richardson (soprano), Mindy Ella Chu (alto)

Fugue in E minor, Op. 84 No. 6

Tantum ergo, Op. 55

Gene Stenger (tenor), Grace Cloutier (harp)

Cantique de Jean Racine, Op. 11


Robert Bennesh (organ)

Yale Schola Cantorum, David Hill

Not least among David Hill’s current roles is that of principal conductor of Yale Schola Cantorum, one of America’s foremost chamber choirs. Here, they together contribute a recording of the Fauré Requiem close in spirit to the composer’s intimate, liturgical original.

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O Sacrum Convivium

O Sacrum Convivium


Duruflé:

Quatre Motets sur des thèmes grégoriens, Op. 10

Fauré:

Messe basse

Langlais:

Messe Solennelle for mixed choir & organ

Messiaen:

O sacrum convivium

Poulenc:

Litanies à la Vierge noire


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Fauré: Requiem, Op. 48

Fauré: Requiem, Op. 48


Fauré:

Requiem, Op. 48

version for chamber orchestra and organ

Messe basse

Tantum ergo, Op. 65 No. 2

Cantique de Jean Racine, Op. 11


Frederick Teardo (organ) & Kevin Kwan (organ)

Saint Thomas Choir of Men & Boys, Fifth Avenue, New York & Orchestra of St Luke’s, John Scott

Continuing in their ongoing series with Resonus Classics, the Saint Thomas Choir of Men & Boys, Fifth Avenue, New York and conductor John Scott release a compelling and powerful recording of choral works by French composer Gabriel Fauré, including his iconic Op. 48 Requiem.

Featuring the version accompanied by chamber orchestra and organ, the choir and Scott are joined for Fauré’s best-known work by the excellent New York-based Orchestra of St Luke’s.

Also featured on this recording are a selection of shorter works including the celebrated Cantique de Jean Racine and the striking Messe Basse for upper voices.

“The standard of the boys’ singing as shown here is extremely high: radiant tone, good words and intelligent phrasing…the blend of the whole choir is excellent.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2017 ***

“The Saint Thomas Choir under their late director John Scott gives a devout and thoughtful reading to the music” Choir & Organ, February 2017 ****

“A forthright, devotional interpretation that avoids heavyweight solemnity without losing sight of the work’s ritual elements…this is a fine choir, the treble tone appealingly bright, altos and tenors unearthly yet beautiful in the Offertoire, and the tenors on their own super-refined at the start of the Sanctus. David Pittsinger is the admirably consolatory baritone, and his son Richard the secure treble soloists in the Pie Jesu” Gramophone Magazine, November 2016

“The choir sings extremely well…All in all this is a fine performance of Fauré’s cherishable masterpiece and I enjoyed it very much… The singing on this disc is distinguished and I hope that anyone who acquires it will enjoy it as much as I did. In addition to the quality of the music making the release is graced by an excellent set of notes by Dr Martin Ennis…This is a most desirable release.” MusicWeb International, 24th April 2017

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Prelude - Holst, Fauré, Grieg

Prelude - Holst, Fauré, Grieg


Busto:

The Lord is my Shepherd

Chesnokov:

Dostoyno Yest

Fauré:

Messe basse

Gjeilo:

Ubi caritas

Grieg:

Ved Rondane (from 12 Songs Op. 33)

Havrøy:

O Magnum Mysterium

Holst:

Ave Maria, H49, Op. 9b

Milliken, S:

Fanfare of Praise

Norum:

Brudemarsj fra Moss

Orbán:

Lauda Sion

Tveitt:

Velkomme


Oslo Vocalis, Vigdis Oftung

The album ‘Prelude’ presents a collection of some of the most beautiful and inspiring works for choir. The performers here are the highly-rated Norwegian choir Oslo Vocalis, and the music on the disc features works by major figures like Grieg, Fauré, Holst, and Tveitt, as well as pieces by several lesser known but significant composers, including Ola Gjeillo (whose work “Prelude” gives the disc its title) and György Orbán.

The collection of choral pieces performed by the Norwegain choir Oslo Vocalis on this CD includes an arrangement by Trio Mediaeval’s Linn Andrea Fuglset of one of Geir Tveitt's best known works, “Velkomne med Aera”, as well Gustav Holst’s first published work “Ave Maria”, Gabriel Fauré's popular “Messe basse” (short mass) for female choir and organ, and Grieg's “Ved Rondane”. The album also features “Fanfare of Praise” by the Australian composer and conductor Sandra Milliken, and “O Magnum Mysterium”, a beautiful and rarely heard piece by the Norwegian composer Frank Havrøy. The title track “Prelude” was written by New York based composer Ola Gjeilo and is the final piece on the album, while another of Gjeilo’s works, “Ubi Caritas”, opens the disc.

The choir Oslo Vocalis was formed in 1988 and is comprised of 25 female singers. It has already had great success in both national and international choir competitions, including Arezzo, Sligo and Athens. They do concerts all over Europe in repertoire ranging from jazz, folk music and church music.

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Fauré: Requiem

Fauré: Requiem


Fauré:

Requiem, Op. 48

Messe basse

Cantique de Jean Racine, Op. 11


In January 2014, the Choir of King’s College Cambridge were joined by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and former choral scholar Gerald Finley to make the first recording of Marc Rigaudière’s new reconstruction of the first complete liturgical performance of Fauré’s 'Requiem'. This version employs a small orchestra of violas, cellos and basses, augmented by solo violin in one movement and brass in several more.

Under the direction of Stephen Cleobury, the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge has faithfully recreated the 1889 premiere, even using the organ stops available to the organist at the Cathedrale de Ste. Madeleine in Paris. The instruments and techniques used by the orchestra are typical of those used in a French orchestra of the late 19th century. 'Pie Jesu' is sung by treble Tom Pickard, in his final year as a chorister at King’s College School. The baritone solos are sung by Gerald Finley, who attended King’s College as an undergraduate choral scholar. Gerald Finley says of the recording, “It is such a joy to sing with the best choir in the world. Being part of this Fauré 'Requiem', a piece I have known since a chorister in Canada, with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Stephen Cleobury, is a dream come true.” In the original version of the Requiem, the baritone solo of the 'Hostias' was heard alone, without the bookends forming the Offertorium. The expanded version, as edited by John Rutter, is also included on this album for comparison. Fauré's 'Requiem' forms a cornerstone of the Choir’s touring repertoire, and is performed many times each year, both with orchestras and organ accompaniment, along with the 'Cantique de Jean Racine', heard here in its original version for Choir and Organ. These works are complimented by the 'Messe Basse' for high voices, sung by the 16 choristers of the choir.

“A familiar choral masterpiece in unfamiliar guise: the first recording of Fauré’s Requiem in Marc Rigaudière’s reconstruction of the first complete liturgical version, in 1889. Striking differences include darker orchestrations, a shorter Offertoire and plainer rhythms. That’s beautifully realised here by the period instruments of the OAE and the King’s College Cambridge Choir.” The Times, 13th September 2014 ****

“The choir sings very well indeed – as you’d expect … Gerald Finley, another former King’s Choral Scholar, I believe, represents luxury casting for the baritone solos and his contribution is distinguished: I relished his warm, firm tone and the way in which he articulates the text … Tom Pickard…makes a splendid job of the solo, singing in an innocent, unaffected way and with exemplary control. Bravo!” MusicWeb International, 22nd October 2014

“The viola-led OAE offer superb support throughout and the baritone Gerald Finley is at his most tonally liquid, with tenaciously sensitive phrasing...The choir respond magnificently [in the Libera me].” Gramophone Magazine, October 2014

“The first thing to be said about this Schumann cycle is how splendidly alert the orchestral playing is: the Scottish Chamber Orchestra must be one of the finest ensembles of its kind in the world today. Its principal conductor, Robin Ticciati, is very much on his toes, too, paying meticulous attention to detail throughout.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2014 *****

“Not only is it beautifully sung and played but the recorded sound on the choir’s own label is remarkable.” International Record Review, November 2014

“an engaging and admirable performance … what’s not to like about this release? Highly recommended.” Choir & Organ, November 2014

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