Fauré's Requiem favours serenity, joy and liberation over the dread and terror employed by most composers in settings of the Mass of the Dead. By adopting a more comforting approach, he crafted music of astonishing beauty, in particular the Pie Jesu. Bach's Partita for Violin No. 2, with chorales interspersed, culminates in a reconstruction of the Ciaccona, highlighting the hidden chorale themes within this fascinating work.
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