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Requiems by Fauré and Duruflé

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Catalogue numberBIS-SACD-1206
Release date2005-11-28
Discs1
Orig. sample rate44100Hz

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Klassik Heute: outstanding.

Musical settings of the Mass for the Dead have a tendency to dwell on the dramatic high points of the day of judgement and the trumpets of doom (Dies irae and Tuba mirum) – partly for the reason that they really are dramatic high points. With their respective Requiems, Gabriel Fauré and Maurice Duruflé wanted to express something different, something which Fauré himself described as a ‘trust in eternal rest’. Indeed, when hearing the description of his work as ‘a lullaby of death’, Fauré approved of it. It is the eternal light and peace wished for in the Mass that both composers infused their Requiems with (to the point of actually omitting the more doomladen passages).
These qualities are certainly part of the palette of the magnificent Swedish Radio Choir – the favourite vocal instrument of many of the world’s greatest conductors, including Claudio Abbado and Riccardo Muti.
The choir’s previous disc on BIS (BIS-CD-1157) consisted of works by Schnittke and Pärt in performances described as being ‘of commanding, awesome brilliance…with a virtuosity and commitment that are astounding’ (Int. Record Review) and ‘refulgently passionate’ (BBC Music Magazine).
On this disc, the choir, directed by Fredrik Malmberg, is joined by three of Sweden’s foremost singers – all of them represented on previous BIS recordings – as well as organist Mattias Wager, who has also supplied the organ arrangement of Faurés orchestral score.

Please note: The music on this Hybrid Super Audio CD can be played back in Stereo (CD and SACD) as well as in 5.0 Surround sound (SACD).
 
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  Composer: Duruflé, Maurice
  Requiem, Op.9 (1947) 38:37
01 I. Introit 03:31 $ 0.37 USD
02 II. Kyrie 03:36 $ 0.38 USD
03 III. Domine Jesu Christe 08:40 $ 0.91 USD
04 IV. Sanctus 03:21 $ 0.35 USD
05 V. Pie Jesus 03:45 $ 0.39 USD
06 VI. Agnus Dei 03:45 $ 0.39 USD
07 VII. Lux aeterna 03:43 $ 0.39 USD
08 VIII. Libera me 05:08 $ 0.54 USD
09 IX. In paradisum 03:08 $ 0.33 USD
 
 
  Composer: Fauré, Gabriel
  Requiem, Op.48 (1887-91) (Version with organ by Mattias Wager) 33:40
10 I. Introit et Kyrie 06:22 $ 0.67 USD
11 II. Offertoire 08:11 $ 0.86 USD
12 III. Sanctus 03:02 $ 0.32 USD
13 IV. Pie Jesu 03:02 $ 0.32 USD
14 V. Agnus Dei 05:31 $ 0.58 USD
15 VI. Libera me 04:17 $ 0.45 USD
16 VII. In paradisum 03:15 $ 0.34 USD
 
  Album total 72:17
ChoirRadiokören
ConductorMalmberg, Fredrik
OrganWager, Mattias
ComposerDuruflé, Maurice
Fauré, Gabriel
BaritonePersson, Olle
CelloHåkansson, Ola
Mezzo-sopranoErnman, Malena
SopranoPersson, Miah

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