Fauré: Requiem

Fauré: Requiem

by Paavo Järvi


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Fauré: Requiem

Paavo Järvi's recording of the Fauré "Requiem" is notable for its balance of a sumptuous orchestral and choral sound with a chaste and dignified interpretation of the score. The strings of Orchestre de Paris in particular sound gorgeous, and Choeur de l'Orchestre de Paris sings with marvelous dynamic variety; in the opening movement, the chorus seems to emerge gradually out of near-silence, yet the group can produce a terrifyingly large sound in the Libera me. Counter tenor Philippe Jaroussky and baritone Matthias Goerne are outstanding in the solo movements, investing the meditative music with deep feeling. The Pie Jesu is sometimes sung by a woman and sometimes by a boy soprano, and Jaroussky's performance has some elements of both: the purity of a boy's voice but with the musical maturity of an adult singer. The album is generously filled out with four other choral or orchestral pieces. The lovely "Cantique de Jean Racine" and "Pavane for orchestra and mixed choir" are frequently paired with the "Requiem." "Elégie for cello and orchestra," premiered by Pablo Casals, and played with elegance here by Eric Picard, fits beautifully with the contemplative tone of the album. "Super flumina Babylonis for mixed choir and orchestra" is a student work, recorded here for the first time. It's more overtly emotional than the other repertoire on the album, as is appropriate for the text, and may lack the subtlety of the later pieces, but it's an attractive, skillfully crafted work that stands on its own merits and deserves broader exposure. The sound of the live recording is exceptionally warm and resonant, yet still detailed.

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Release Date: 10/04/2011
Label: Erato
UPC: 5099907092121
catalogNumber: 70921


  1. Super flumina Babylonis, for chorus & orchestra (Psalm 126)  - Gabriel Fauré  - Paavo Järvi  - Alain Lanceron  -  Orchestre de Paris  - Stephen Betteridge  - Mathias Vidal  - Letitia Singleton  -  Choeur de l'Orchestre de Paris  - Marie Virginia Savastano  - Ugo Rabec
  2. Pavane, for orchestra & chorus ad lib in F sharp minor, Op. 50  - Gabriel Fauré  - Paavo Järvi  - Paula Kennedy  - Alain Lanceron  - Gudrun Meier  -  Orchestre de Paris  - Stephen Betteridge  -  Choeur de l'Orchestre de Paris
  3. Élégie for cello & piano or orchestra in C minor, Op. 24  - Gabriel Fauré  - Paavo Järvi  - Alain Lanceron  -  Orchestre de Paris  - Eric Picard
  4. Cantique de Jean Racine, for 4-part chorus & organ (or orchestra), Op. 11  - Gabriel Fauré  - Hugh Graham  - Paavo Järvi  - Alain Lanceron  - Gudrun Meier  -  Orchestre de Paris  - Stephen Betteridge  -  Choeur de l'Orchestre de Paris
  5. Requiem, for 2 solo voices, chorus, organ & orchestra, Op. 48  - Gabriel Fauré  - Matthias Goerne  - Hugh Graham  - Paavo Järvi  - Alain Lanceron  - Gudrun Meier  -  Orchestre de Paris  - Philippe Jaroussky  - Stephen Betteridge  -  Choeur de l'Orchestre de Paris

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