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Fauré: Requiem

Album Summary

>Fauré, Gabriel : Requiem, Op. 48
>Fauré, Gabriel : Cantique de Jean Racine, Op. 11
>Fauré, Gabriel : Tu es Petrus, for baritone, 4-part chorus & organ
>Fauré, Gabriel : Tantum ergo, for vocal soloists, 3-part women's chorus & organ in E major, Op. 65/2
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The young festival singer at the live taping of the 2010 Schleswig-Holstein Festival of Faure's Requiem, bring Faure's masterwork to life. Considered one of the most beautiful works in the choral repertoire, the Requiem is intimately scored, with innocent, modal melodies that stand in sharp contrast to the terrifying visions of the Last Judgment found in the Requiems of Berlioz and Verdi.

BBC Music Magazine
This live performance under Rolf Beck finds the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Chor Lubeck making some delicious sounds at times, ably supported by the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, but there is not much that sticks for long in the memory. Baritone David Wilson-Johnson is in typically fine voice...The inclusion of Cantique de Jean Racine and a couple of motets is welcome.

Gramophone Magazine
His reading is characterised by extreme restraint, greatly assisted by the softly comfortable acoustic of Rendsburg's Christkirche...but this performance is both expansive (as in the Introit) and extremely intimate (as in a deliciously affectionate Agnus Dei)...Wilson-Johnson mingles majesty with gracefulness while Chiyuki Okamura produces a most enchanting performance of the "Pie Jesu".

International Record Review
[Wilson-Johnson's] Libera me' is noble and well projected...At its best - the pure soprano line at the start of the 'In Paradisum', for instance - Rolf Beck conducts a straightforward performance that has some admirable moments in which he teases out orchestral details, as at the climax of the Agnus Dei, where the horns sound splendid.



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Works Details

>Fauré, Gabriel : Requiem, Op. 48
  • Performers: Chiyuki Okamura (Soprano); David Wilson-Johnson (Bass-Baritone)
  • Conductor: Rolf Beck
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Orchestral de Paris
  • Notes: Christkirche zu Rendsburg (07/15/2010-07/16/2010)
  • Running Time: 35 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1887-1900

>Fauré, Gabriel : Cantique de Jean Racine, Op. 11
  • Performer: Paul Nancekievill (Organ)
  • Conductor: Rolf Beck
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Orchestral de Paris
  • Running Time: 5 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1865

>Fauré, Gabriel : Tu es Petrus, for baritone, 4-part chorus & organ
  • Performers: Paul Nancekievill (Organ); Tomas Selc (Organ)
  • Conductor: Rolf Beck
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Orchestral de Paris
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1872

>Fauré, Gabriel : Tantum ergo, for vocal soloists, 3-part women's chorus & organ in E major, Op. 65/2
  • Performer: Paul Nancekievill (Organ)
  • Conductor: Rolf Beck
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Orchestral de Paris
  • Running Time: 2 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894