Requiem(s)

Requiem(s)

     
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/30/2007
Label:
Naive
UPC:
0822186050583
catalogNumber:
5058

Tracks

  1. Missa Pro Defunctis, for choir: Sanctus  - Eustache du Caurroy  -  Doulce Mémoire  - Denis Raisin-Dadre
  2. Requiem for soloists, chorus, and orchestra, K. 626: Lacrimosa  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  -  Neues Berliner Kammerorchester  -  Chorus Musicus Köln  - Christoph Spering
  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  - Laurence Equilbey
  4. Requiem in C major: Agnus Dei  - Johann Adolf Hasse  - Paul Dombrecht  -  Fondamento
  5. Requiem No.1 (à la mémoire de Louis XVI), for chorus & orchestra in C minor: Pie Jesu  - Luigi Cherubini  -  Neues Berliner Kammerorchester  -  Chorus Musicus Köln  - Christoph Spering
  6. Requiem, for orchestra, organ & chorus; for organ & chorus; for small ensemble, organ & chorus, Op. 9 (3 versions): Sanctus  - Maurice Duruflé  -  Ensemble Vocal Michel Piquemal  - Michel Piquemal  -  Orchestre de la Cité
  7. Requiem (Grande Messe des morts), for tenor, chorus & orchestra, H. 75 (Op. 5): Offertorium  - Hector Berlioz  -  Toronto Mendelssohn Choir  - Noel Edison  -  Elora Festival Orchestra
  8. Requiem Mass, for soloists, chorus & orchestra (Manzoni Requiem): Dies Irae  - Giuseppe Verdi  -  Hungarian State Opera Chorus  -  Hungarian State Opera Orchestra  - Pier Giorgio Morandi
  9. Requiem, for soloists, chorus & orchestra, Op. 54: Agnus Dei  - Camille Saint-Saëns  - Maîtrise des Hauts-de-Seine  - Jean-Marc Cochereau  -  Orchestre d'Orléans
  10. Requiem, for 2 solo voices, chorus, organ & orchestra, Op. 48: Pie Jesu  - Gabriel Fauré  -  Oxford Camerata  - Jeremy Summerly
  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  -  Arsys
  12. Russian Orthodox Requiem: Troparia in tone 5  -  St. John of Damascus  - Anatoly Grindenko  -  Russian Patriarchate Choir
  13. Dona Eis, for chorus & wind ensemble  - Pascal Dusapin  -  Ars Nova Instrumental Ensemble  -  Accentus Chamber Choir  - Laurence Equilbey
  14. Kaddisch, song for voice & piano (Mélodie hébraïque No. 1)  - Maurice Ravel  - Noël Lee  - Bernard Kruysen

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