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Gounod: Requiem; Messe Chorale

Album Summary

>Gounod, Charles : Messe brève pour les morts (Requiem), for soloists, double chorus & orchestra in F major
>Gounod, Charles : Messe solennelle no 4 for chorus & 2 organs ("Messe Chorale")
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer
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Notes & Reviews:

According to Camille Saint-Saëns, Charles Gounod ought to be better known for his church music than for his operas. This gives some idea of the unprecedented quality of his sacred works, to which he devoted not only his unwavering faith but also the highest degree of his musical skill. Gounod's Requiem in particular foreshadows Fauré, Duruflé and Poulenc and constitutes one of the masterpieces of the genre. On this new disc from Mirare, Michel Corboz and the Ensemble Vocal et Instrumentale de Lausanne offer insightful and reverential performances of both the Requiem and the Messe Chorale.

"The Requiem supports the prevalent view that religion and sensuousness were closely linked in Gounod's psyche, though it's also music of heart-on-sleeve directness...conductor Michel Corboz rejects the original orchestration in favour of a version for harp, string quintet and organ...Both works sound ravishing as sung by the Ensemble Vocal Lausanne. There's beautiful solo work in the Requiem, too, above all from tenor Christophe Einhorn." -The Guardian****

"In its emphasis on a consoling vision of death it looks forward to Fauré's rather more famous requiem. Corboz and the Lausanne forces sweetly convey both the serenity and the subdued anguish underlying it." -The Telegraph***

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: La Ferme de Villefavard en Limousin (08/12/2010-08/13/2010).



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>Gounod, Charles : Messe brève pour les morts (Requiem), for soloists, double chorus & orchestra in F major
  • Performers: Christophe Einhorn (Tenor); Christian Immler (Bass); Charlotte Müller-Perrier
  • Conductor: Michel Corboz
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Instrumental de Lausanne
  • Notes: La Ferme de Villefavard en Limousin (08/12/2010-08/13/2010)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Gounod, Charles : Messe solennelle no 4 for chorus & 2 organs ("Messe Chorale")
  • Performers: Christophe Einhorn (Tenor); Marcelo Giannini (Organ); Christian Immler (Bass); Charlotte Müller-Perrier
  • Conductor: Michel Corboz
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Instrumental de Lausanne
  • Notes: La Ferme de Villefavard en Limousin (08/12/2010-08/13/2010)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic