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Fauré: Requiem / John Rutter - Cambridge Singers

Album Summary

>Fauré, Gabriel : Requiem, Op. 48
>Fauré, Gabriel : Ave Verum, Op. 65
>Fauré, Gabriel : Tantum ergo, for vocal soloists, 3-part women's chorus & organ in E major, Op. 65/2
>Fauré, Gabriel : Ave Maria, sacred song for mezzo-soprano (or baritone) & organ in A flat major, Op. 67/2
>Fauré, Gabriel : Maria Mater gratiae, Op. 47 no 2
>Fauré, Gabriel : Cantique de Jean Racine, Op. 11
>Fauré, Gabriel : Messe basse, for solo voices, chorus & organ
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

2010 sees the re-release at mid-price of John Rutter's Gramophone Award-winning 1984 recording of Faure's Requiem. The first-ever performance on disc of the work in its intimate original version - famously re-discovered by Rutter in the Bibliotheque 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 Faure 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.

" Rutter's performance is notable for its spare, clean linearity; it achieves plenty of feeling without the Romantic richness of the full orchestra. The Cambridge Singers, which he founded, and members of the City of London Sinfonia perform with discipline, tone that is pure and luminous, and lyrical intensity. It's an altogether radiant performance that should interest anyone who loves the Requiem. Also included is a lovely performance of Le Cantique de Jean Racine, in a version with the accompaniment arranged for strings and harp by Rutter. The CD is filled out with equally affecting readings of Fauré's brief Messe basse for women's voices and organ and several short anthems. The sound is just a little on the bright side, but it's not entirely inappropriate for the chaste clarity of the choral sound." -All Music Guide

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Great Hall of University College School, London.



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Works Details

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Requiem, Op. 48
  • Performers: Caroline Ashton (Soprano); John Scott (Organ); Simon Stantage (Violin); Stephen Varcoe
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Running Time: 33 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1887-1900

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Ave Verum, Op. 65
  • Performer: John Scott (Organ)
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Tantum ergo, for vocal soloists, 3-part women's chorus & organ in E major, Op. 65/2
  • Performers: Ruth Holton (Soprano); John Scott (Organ)
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Ave Maria, sacred song for mezzo-soprano (or baritone) & organ in A flat major, Op. 67/2
  • Performer: John Scott (Organ)
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Running Time: 1 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Maria Mater gratiae, Op. 47 no 2
  • Performer: John Scott (Organ)
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 03/01/1888

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Cantique de Jean Racine, Op. 11
  • Performer: John Scott (Organ)
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Running Time: 6 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1865

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Messe basse, for solo voices, chorus & organ
  • Performers: Ruth Holton (Soprano); John Scott (Organ)
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Running Time: 10 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1906-1907