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Faure Requiem [Blu-ray]


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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Classical, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Latin
  • Subtitles: Latin, English, German, French
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: EuroArts
  • DVD Release Date: April 24, 2012
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007C7FE1E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #215,343 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Baritone Matthias Goerne, soprano Chen Reiss, and cellist Eric Picard come together at Paris's renowned Salle Pleyel for a concert of Faur+ª's works for chorus and orchestra. They are joined by the Orchestre de Paris under the baton of its new musical director, the GRAMMY Award-winning conductor Paavo J+¤rvi. With the expressive +‰l+ªgie for cello and orchestra, this is a luxurious all-Faur+ª event.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 7, 2012
This is a very lovely disc indeed, featuring several of Faure's best known and loved choral works and including a couple of surprises chosen from early to mature works. All are given affectionate performances.

The first piece brings the first surprise - the choral version of the famous Pavane. This is generally played in its original orchestral mode of 1887. What many may not be aware of is that Fauré made a version in 1891 including chorus, mime and dancing for a private party and it is that choral version we hear on this disc. This alternative setting completely changes the nature of the piece but it is nevertheless an effective transformation.

The only purely orchestral piece of the concert follows - the Elégie for cello and orchestra and this is given an attractive performance by Eric Picard who emphasises its apparent lyrical simplicity.

The remaining three pieces are from opposite ends of Faure's career. The early setting of a psalm concerning events in Babylon includes words which may more normally be associated with part of Walton's Belshazzar's Feast. Needless to say that is where the similarity ends! This premier recording of the work shows that, even as a student, Fauré had already gone a long way to achieving his particular sound world. This is even more apparent in the following `Cantique de Jean Racine' which, although still an early work, is remarkably similar to the sound world of the Requiem written some 35 years later.

The Requiem itself is given in the full orchestral version instead of the frequently performed chamber orchestra version. Here Jarvi keeps the textures clear and avoids any thickening of textures so often a problem with this fuller version.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chhan Thuan Kiat on September 27, 2012
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This all Faure concert disc by the Paris Orchestra and Chorus, nimbly conducted by Paavo Jarvi, is not perfect. For one, the audio though very clear is not the surround mix you might have expected given the DTS 5.1 labeling ....hardly any ambient signals from the rear speakers. Secondly, though for the most part the video quality is very good, it is not the pop up razor sharp image you'd expect from the best blu ray discs....some long shots of the choir at the back of the stage seem underexposed and soft and a curious shimmer sometimes mar the image causing for instance blacks to appear grayish and margins to lose their sharpness. But when the music starts all these seem trivial .
The 'Pavane' for orchestra and chorus is tender with its familiar haunting flute obligato, Jarvi highlighting the delicate interplay between the orchestra and the voices, and showing the flowing melodic lines that is simply Gabriel Faure. Picard next plays the Elegie for cello and orchestra and enraptures one with the expressiveness of its sweet nostalgic themes. Of the next two choral pieces, I liked the youthful and enchanting Cantique de Jean Racine more than the Babylonis psalm. Then comes the main event which is of course the Requiem and what a sublime work this is. Not showy, not massive like other Requiems, but graceful, bitter sweet, introspective and spiritual. The ever popular Pie Jesu is sung in all its crystalline splendor by Chen Reiss , a soprano voice of controlled strength and purity. Again Jarvi brings out the delicate melodic lines interspersed with passages of great intensity and succeeds in imposing on the listener an almost unbearable feeling of yearning and sadness. If beautiful music can make you cry,this one will.
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By Jack Williams on December 27, 2014
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Very well crafted production.
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By Takuzo Ishida on July 23, 2014
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