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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
Na?ve has assembled an eclectic assortment of movements from requiems or requiem-like pieces, performed by a variety of ensembles. It's not a sampler, because not all the selections are from the catalog of Na?ve or its subsidiaries. It's a somewhat odd mix of pieces, ranging from the traditional Eastern Orthodox service to a 1998 piece by Pascal Dusapin, performed by ensembles with widely varying levels of expertise, so it's hard to know exactly who the target audience is intended to be. There's no attempt to order the movements into a composite requiem mass -- the selections are something of a hodgepodge. The pieces are all at least proficiently performed, and some of ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
Naïve has assembled an eclectic assortment of movements from requiems or requiem-like pieces, performed by a variety of ensembles. It's not a sampler, because not all the selections are from the catalog of Naïve or its subsidiaries. It's a somewhat odd mix of pieces, ranging from the traditional Eastern Orthodox service to a 1998 piece by Pascal Dusapin, performed by ensembles with widely varying levels of expertise, so it's hard to know exactly who the target audience is intended to be. There's no attempt to order the movements into a composite requiem mass -- the selections are something of a hodgepodge. The pieces are all at least proficiently performed, and some of the performances are very fine. The most interesting performances are of the less familiar repertoire, such as the "Sanctus" of Eustace du Caurroy, Hasse's "Agnus Dei," Biber's "Sanctus," Saint-Saëns' "Agnus Dei," and Introit from Dusapin's "Dona eis." The most familiar, most frequently recorded pieces are generally not represented in the most outstanding versions. Accentus, led by Laurence Equilbey, performs Denn alles Fleisch, from "Ein Deutsches Requiem," in the version for two pianos, and this, of all the movements, is absolutely the least effective in this arrangement, so the impact of the music is diluted in spite of the fine singing. On the other hand, Accentus' performance of the Dusapin is genuinely haunting. Other pieces suffer from being merely good provincial performances, such as the excerpts from the Mozart and Berlioz Requiems. The album closes with its only non-choral selection, Ravel's "Kaddisch," for voice and piano, powerfully and movingly sung by baritone Bernard Kruysen. The overall sound quality is good and surprisingly consistent from track to track.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/30/2007
  • Label: Naive
  • UPC: 822186050583
  • Catalog Number: 5058
  • Sales rank: 368,467

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Missa Pro Defunctis, for choir: Sanctus - Eustache du Caurroy & Doulce Mémoire (3:57)
  2. 2 Requiem for soloists, chorus, and orchestra, K. 626: Lacrimosa - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & New Berlin Chamber Orchestra (3:01)
  3. 3 Ein deutsches Requiem (German Requiem), for soprano, baritone, chorus & orchestra, Op. 45: Denn alles Fleisch, es ist wie Gras - Johannes Brahms & Accentus Chamber Choir (13:46)
  4. 4 Requiem in C major: Agnus Dei - Johann Adolf Hasse & Paul Dombrecht (3:27)
  5. 5 Requiem No.1 (à la mémoire de Louis XVI), for chorus & orchestra in C minor: Pie Jesu - Luigi Cherubini & New Berlin Chamber Orchestra (3:16)
  6. 6 Requiem, for orchestra, organ & chorus; for organ & chorus; for small ensemble, organ & chorus, Op. 9 (3 versions): Sanctus - Ensemble Vocal Michel Piquemal & Maurice Duruflé (3:08)
  7. 7 Requiem (Grande Messe des morts), for tenor, chorus & orchestra, H. 75 (Op. 5): Offertorium - Hector Berlioz & Toronto Mendelssohn Choir (8:27)
  8. 8 Requiem Mass, for soloists, chorus & orchestra (Manzoni Requiem): Dies Irae - Giuseppe Verdi & Hungarian State Opera Chorus (2:33)
  9. 9 Requiem, for soloists, chorus & orchestra, Op. 54: Agnus Dei - Camille Saint-Saëns & Maîtrise des Hauts-de-Seine (7:29)
  10. 10 Requiem, for 2 solo voices, chorus, organ & orchestra, Op. 48: Pie Jesu - Gabriel Fauré & Oxford Camerata (3:29)
  11. 11 Requiem ex F con terza minore, for solo voices, chorus, orchestra & continuo in F minor, C. 8: Sanctus - Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber & Pierre Cao (2:20)
  12. 12 Russian Orthodox Requiem: Troparia in tone 5 - St. John of Damascus & Anatoly Grindenko (4:26)
  13. 13 Dona Eis, for chorus & wind ensemble - Pascal Dusapin & Ars Nova Instrumental Ensemble (4:09)
  14. 14 Kaddisch, song for voice & piano (Mélodie hébraïque No. 1) - Noël Lee & Maurice Ravel (4:29)
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