- Requiem, for 2 solo voices chorus, organ, & orchestra, Op. 48
- Symphony, in D minor, Op. 48
This is Philippe Herreweghe's second recording of Fauré's Requiem. The first, recorded in 1988, used the original chamber version of the score; for his new recording, Herreweghe turns to the later revision for full orchestra. There is an expected loss of intimacy in this grander form, but the added depth and richness is very alluring. Slow tempos -- admirably sustained here by both the chorus and the period-instrument orchestra -- create an aura of rapt contemplation. Indeed, few recordings of Fauré's Requiem capture the solemn sensuousness of the music so beautifully. And Stephan Genz's gentle supplications and Johannette Zomer's boyish soprano are every bit as good, if not better, than the starrier solo singers in other versions. Franck's D Minor Symphony is an unusual coupling -- Franck's music is less sensuous than Fauré's, certainly, despite its overriding air of mystery -- but with Herreweghe's atmospheric yet sharply focused interpretation, it proves a fitting companion. The primary Allegro sections of the first movement and the finale are played straightforwardly, while the introduction and slow movement are darkly radiant. The reverberant, churchlike sound of the Grande Salle of the Arsenal in Metz is gorgeous. A sublime recording in every way.
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