Fauré: Requiem and Other Sacred Music

Fauré: Requiem and Other Sacred Music

by John Rutter
     
 

Gabriel Fauré originally wrote his "Requiem" for liturgical use and gave the work's premiere in 1888. In 1893 he added two movements, the Offertoire and the Libera me. The "Requiem" received its first performance in the form in which it's most familiar, scored for full orchestra, in 1900. John Rutter's 1985 recording was the first to use the 1893 version, which was… See more details below

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Gabriel Fauré originally wrote his "Requiem" for liturgical use and gave the work's premiere in 1888. In 1893 he added two movements, the Offertoire and the Libera me. The "Requiem" received its first performance in the form in which it's most familiar, scored for full orchestra, in 1900. John Rutter's 1985 recording was the first to use the 1893 version, which was scored for strings, harp, timpani, horns, trumpets, and organ. This version is essentially a chamber work, and Rutter scales the chorus down in size to match the intimacy of the orchestration. The result is a more austere-sounding work, but one whose clarity and purity are revealed with fresh insight. 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.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/14/2010
Label:
Collegium
UPC:
0040888052029
catalogNumber:
520
Rank:
7949

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  1. Messe basse, for solo voices, chorus & organ  - Gabriel Fauré  - John Rutter  - John Rutter  -  Cambridge Singers  - Ruth Holton  - John Scott  - Nick Morris
  2. Cantique de Jean Racine, for 4-part chorus & organ (or orchestra), Op. 11  - Gabriel Fauré  - John Rutter  - John Rutter  -  Cambridge Singers  - John Scott  -  City of London Sinfonia  - Nick Morris
  3. Maria Mater gratiae, offertory for tenor, baritone & organ, Op. 47/2  - Gabriel Fauré  - John Rutter  - John Rutter  -  Cambridge Singers  - John Scott  - Nick Morris
  4. Ave Maria, sacred song for mezzo-soprano (or baritone) & organ in A flat major, Op. 67/2  - Gabriel Fauré  - John Rutter  - John Rutter  -  Cambridge Singers  - John Scott  - Nick Morris
  5. Tantum ergo, for vocal soloists, 3-part women's chorus & organ in E major, Op. 65/2  - Gabriel Fauré  - John Rutter  - John Rutter  -  Cambridge Singers  - Ruth Holton  - Nicola-Jane Kemp  - Melanie Marshall  - John Scott  - Nick Morris  - Thomas Aquinas
  6. Ave Verum, motet for soprano & alto (or 2-part female chorus) & organ, Op. 65/1  - Gabriel Fauré  - John Rutter  - John Rutter  -  Cambridge Singers  - John Scott  - Nick Morris
  7. Requiem, for 2 solo voices, chorus, organ & orchestra, Op. 48  - Gabriel Fauré  - John Rutter  - John Rutter  - Caroline Ashton  -  Cambridge Singers  - John Scott  - Stephen Varcoe  -  City of London Sinfonia  - Nick Morris  - Simon Stantage

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