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Fauré, Duruflé: Requiem, etc / Guest, St John's College

Album Summary

>Fauré, Gabriel : Requiem, Op. 48
>Fauré, Gabriel : Cantique de Jean Racine, Op. 11
>Fauré, Gabriel : Messe basse, for solo voices, chorus & organ
>Poulenc, Francis : Mass in G
>Poulenc, Francis : Salve Regina
>Duruflé, Maurice : Requiem
>Duruflé, Maurice : Prelude et fugue sur le nom d'Alain, Op. 7
>Duruflé, Maurice : Motets (4) on Gregorian themes, Op. 10
>Poulenc, Francis : Litanies à la vierge noire de Rocamadour
>Poulenc, Francis : Exultate Deo
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
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.



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Works Details

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Requiem, Op. 48
  • Performers: Jonathan Bond (Treble); Stephen Cleobury (Organ); Benjamin Luxon
  • Conductor: George Guest
  • Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
  • Running Time: 36 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1887-1900

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Cantique de Jean Racine, Op. 11
  • Performer: Stephen Cleobury (Organ)
  • Conductor: George Guest
  • Ensemble: St. John's College Choir, Cambridge
  • Running Time: 5 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1865

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Messe basse, for solo voices, chorus & organ
  • Performers: Andrew Brunt (Treble); Stephen Cleobury (Organ)
  • Conductor: George Guest
  • Ensemble: St. John's College Choir, Cambridge
  • Running Time: 9 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1906-1907

>Poulenc, Francis : Mass in G
  • Performer: Jonathan Bond (Treble)
  • Conductor: George Guest
  • Ensemble: St. John's College Choir, Cambridge
  • Running Time: 16 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1937

>Poulenc, Francis : Salve Regina
  • Conductor: George Guest
  • Ensemble: St. John's College Choir, Cambridge
  • Running Time: 4 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1941

>Maurice Duruflé (Composer/Organ) (1902 - 1986) : Requiem
  • Performers: Stephen Cleobury (Organ); Christopher Keyte (Bass); Robert King (Treble)
  • Conductor: George Guest
  • Ensemble: St. John's College Choir, Cambridge
  • Running Time: 41 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1947

>Maurice Duruflé (Composer/Organ) (1902 - 1986) : Prelude et fugue sur le nom d'Alain, Op. 7
  • Performer: Stephen Cleobury (Organ)
  • Conductor: George Guest
  • Ensemble: St. John's College Choir, Cambridge
  • Running Time: 12 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1942

>Maurice Duruflé (Composer/Organ) (1902 - 1986) : Motets (4) on Gregorian themes, Op. 10
  • Conductor: George Guest
  • Ensemble: St. John's College Choir, Cambridge
  • Running Time: 8 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1960

>Poulenc, Francis : Litanies à la vierge noire de Rocamadour
  • Performer: Stephen Cleobury (Organ)
  • Conductor: George Guest
  • Ensemble: St. John's College Choir, Cambridge
  • Running Time: 8 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1936

>Poulenc, Francis : Exultate Deo
  • Conductor: George Guest
  • Ensemble: St. John's College Choir, Cambridge
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1941