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Foulds: A World Requiem / Botstein, Charbonnet, et al

Album Summary

>Foulds, John : A World Requiem, Op. 60
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"Though the work is a virtuoso piece of writing with no living performance tradition behind it, the soloists, choruses, and orchestra handle the work with total assurance and unwavering dedication. A big part of the credit should go to Botstein, who seems to know the work intimately and love it unreservedly. There's never a second when one doubts the authenticity and integrity of the performance, just as there is never a moment when one questions the emotional depths and spiritual aspirations of the work... If there was ever a work both of its time and yet timeless, it is 'A World Requiem'." -All Music Guide

BBC Music Magazine
Anyone looking for the blazing, crazy brilliance of Foulds's Mantras, April-England or Dynamic Triptych is likely to come away with a very negative impression. There are occasional sparks of fire... But there's barely a hint of the visionary daring of the best Foulds.

Gramophone Magazine
Foulds conducted A World Requiem's 1923 premiere at the Festival of Remembrance, using 1250 performers. This present performance, the first in more than 70 years, was given on Remembrance Day last year, and aside from a rather unwieldy soprano, is a triumph, with special praise due to baritone Gerald Finley and conductor Leon Botstein.


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>Foulds, John : A World Requiem, Op. 60
  • Performers: Jeanne-Michèle Charbonnet; Gerald Finley; Malcolm Hicks (Organ); Stuart Skelton (Tenor); Catherine Wyn-Rogers (Alto)
  • Conductor: Leon Botstein
  • Ensemble: Trinity Boys Choir
  • Running Time: 87 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1918-1921
  • Studio/Live: Live