- Requiem, for 2 solo voices, chorus, organ & orchestra, Op. 48 - Gabriel Fauré - Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus - Judith Blegen - Ray Kirschensteiner - Claude-Oscar Monet - James Morris - Robert Shaw
- Requiem, for orchestra, organ & chorus; for organ & chorus; for small ensemble, organ & chorus, Op. 9 (3 versions) - Maurice Duruflé - Robert Shaw - James Morris - Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus - Judith Blegen - Claude-Oscar Monet
Fauré, Duruflé: Requiemsby Robert Shaw
This recording pairs the gentlest of requiems. Although he based his Requiem on the traditional Latin text, Gabriel Fauré did away with certain sections -- most notably the tumultuous "Dies Irae" -- and added sections that emphasized his serene vision of the Mass, such as the beatific final "In paradisium." Maurice Duruflé wrote his Requiem half a century later, evidently taking the tranquillity of Fauré's work as his model. Based on Gregorian chants, Duruflé's music has a timeless quality that anticipated the music of today's neo-Spiritualist composers such as Arvo Pärt and John Tavener. The Atlanta Symphony Chorus has a sumptuous sonority that allows even the quietest passage to make an enormous emotional impact. Telarc's digital sound is exceptionally vivid and atmospheric.
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Performance CreditsRobert Shaw Conductor,Primary Artist
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This is probably one of the most beautiful musical compilations I have heard. It is done so well by the Robert Shaw Festival Singers. If you loved Rachmanninov ''Vespers'' and ''Evocation of the Sprit,'' also done by the Festival Singers, you will love this.
The Faure and Durufle Requiem settings are the quintessential, tender, graceful renditions of the Requiem Mass ---- Why does such a work not find universal appeal? The success in realizing a specific Christian vision, may possibly serve to alienate those of a different musical ethos. ---- What type of music would best serve the need for a mood of remembrance and commemoration? Perhaps, a wordless musical work may reach a broader audience. ---- Indeed the diversity of experience in grief and mourning would suggest that any specific composer will fail. ---- Each, perhaps, must remember their close relationships in their own manner.
I performed Durefle's Requiem with my college (Oberlin College) symphonic choir. The music is so majestic, so haunting that when we were finished with the piece, the audience just sat there silently for about a full minute before breaking out in wild applause. Absolutely one of the most beautiful choral pieces ever written