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Faure: Requiem and Other Choral Music


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  • Performer: Cambridge Singers
  • Orchestra: City of London Sinfonia
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Composer: Gabriel Faure
  • Audio CD (February 29, 2000)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Collegium Records
  • ASIN: B0000031HB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #210,053 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Requiem: Introit et Kyrie
2. Requiem: Offertoire
3. Requiem: Sanctus
4. Requiem: Pie Jesu
5. Requiem: Agnus Dei
6. Requiem: Libera me
7. Requiem: In paradisum
8. Ave verum Corpus
9. Tantum ergo
10. Ave Maria
11. Maria, Mater gratiae
12. Cantique de Jean Racine
13. Messe basse: Kyrie eleison
14. Messe basse: Messe Basse - Sanctus
15. Messe basse: Messe Basse - Benedictus
16. Messe basse: Messe Basse - Agnus Dei

Editorial Reviews

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John Rutter's groundbreaking research and subsequent performing edition of Fauré's beloved Requiem has enabled us to hear the work as the composer originally intended. His first version of the piece included only a chamber orchestra with lower strings, harp, timpani, and organ. Four years later, Fauré added two movements and slightly expanded the orchestration. This is the version that Rutter and his inimitable Cambridge Singers perform here-- and it's a glorious revelation, especially if the only Fauré Requiem you've heard is that for full orchestra, which the composer himself neither created nor approved. Rutter and his singers give us a wonderfully sumptuous yet detailed performance that benefits tremendously from the newly realized clarity of inner lines and from the richly colored orchestral textures. --David Vernier

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The recording portrays its ethereal quality perfectly.
I. Giles
This is by far the most beautiful and compelling version of Faure's masterpiece of a requiem.
EricTheFish
Beautiful and heavenly music that lifts you out of yourself.
P. Kelly

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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 1, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Gabriel Faure is hardly among the best known classical composers in the world, but this album makes a strong argument as to why he should be. John Rutter & the Cambridge singers never disappoint, and Faure's "Cantique de Jean Racine" and "Requiem" are magnificent, haunting, & peaceful. A must have for any lover of choral music or anyone just "browsing", looking for something different.
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64 of 72 people found the following review helpful By J. C. Woods on June 18, 2000
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This CD is a revelation. Between the subject matter and the genuinely somber music, Faure's Requiem is often recorded as in a gloom. Darkness is made to make do for profundity and melancholy for reflection. In this version, there is no lack of sadness, but also no lack of soaring voices declaring a deeper belief in a life beyond death. This Requiem is bright, not gloomy, filled with the sunshine of faith. I can not help thinking this is what Faure must have meant by the piece, and if not, it is what he should have meant.
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Lilly (13 yrs) on April 20, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This exquisite collection has so many gorgeous songs that move me to tears. In Sanctus, the violin is so pure, so beautiful, its wrings my heart. This is real music, real art, crafted with such care, that it is a true privilege to hear it, not to mention sing it (which I have done, and I loved it). It is an encredible CD, and I would encourage anyone to buy it.
Lilly
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By C. S. Williams on January 10, 2007
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This Collegium COLCD 109 is a later release of the Collegium COLCD 101 which I purchased circa 1985 after reading glowing reviews in Grammophone magazine. COLCD 101 is labeled Stereo/Digital. COLCD 109 is labeled Stereo/DDD. Is it a re-mastering? Liner notes don't say, but the new version provides noticeable improvements in vividness and clarity.

The release of COLCD 101 was a watershed event. John Rutter had questioned conventional performance versions of Faure's Requiem, those which used full symphony orchestras and Wagnerian-like soloists. Yes, it is a requiem, but Faure's ideas are very different than those found in, say, Verdi's Requiem. Instead of hellfire and damnation, Faure evokes serenity, peace and love. Rutter's historical research proved that Faure intended for his work to be performed in small, intimate settings where the orchestra and choir would be minimal and, maybe, use boy sopranos. Rutter's CD of the historical, 1893, version is like an expert restoration of an old painting where a century's grime is wiped away and the work is newly revealed in it's original beauty.

A 1990's CD of the 1893 version exists on Naxos 8.55076S by Jeremy Summerly and the Oxford Camerata. It, too, is beautiful and of similar performance quality, though conducted at a slightly slower tempo. I find Rutter's version more "right", but that's just personal preference.
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43 of 54 people found the following review helpful By H. Kraus on August 31, 2001
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One reviewer describes this as "no lack of sadness, bright, not gloomy, filled with sunshine"; another calls it "peaceful". I might go with peaceful. The quality is high and the recording is of interest for being more faithful to Faure's original, non-orchestral version, but I found the performance notably lacking in emotion. I would steer the reader toward the more deeply moving Naxos version (conductor: Jeremy Summerly), which is something of a gem at budget price.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles TOP 100 REVIEWER on October 30, 2013
Format: Audio CD
This disc, first issued in 1984, focusses on a recording of the second of three versions Faure made of his Requiem. The first did not include two of the movements and was written for a smaller orchestra without violins, horns or trumpets. The second version from 1893 and recorded here incorporated these extra instruments in a limited but telling way and also included the Offertoire and Libera Me missing from the first version. The third, and most often performed version was for full orchestra and larger choir.

The performance here uses the small orchestra as required by Faure and this is matched by a small choir of very great purity of tone. The horns have a small but vital role in the climax to the Libera me. This is far more effective than in many more opulent versions simply because of the contrast created between so little and then relatively so much. The important treble solo in the Pie Jesu is taken by solo soprano Caroline Ashton who sings with such a clarity that it is very hard to imagine that she is not a treble of great tonal quality and surety. The baritone soloist, Stephen Varcoe, sings his solo well.

The Cantique de Jean Racine is an early work of Faure written when he was just 20 winning him first prize in a competition. It has justifiably remained popular ever since. The remaining works on the disc are of similar quality but it will be for the Requiem that this disc is chosen.

I would suggest that, like John Rutter believes, this is the finest of the three settings created by Faure. As such it has strong claims on collectors and this is one of the finest performances of that setting made. The recording portrays its ethereal quality perfectly. A sublime disc in every way.
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34 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Jacques COULARDEAU on August 6, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This requiem represents a complete shift in the general tone of the requiem as a genre. The vision of life and death is impregnated with a feminine light, the light of the ocean softly illuminated by the sunshine of Normandy, of the Graceful Coast. The figure that stands behind the music, that accompanies the dead person into the grave is no longer the masculine Germanic death that punishes man, nor even the furious feminine French death that challenges man, but the soft and comforting figure of the mother Mary, the universal comforter who takes the hand of each one of us, as if we were crying lost children, to make us pass the dangerous door that leads beyond life. This Holy Mary for whom Fauré has written so many Ave Marias, is promising us the end of time and our introduction into an everlasting stormless, painless and noiseless world that represents the very positive vision of a real world that is the negative vision of life. Photography is not far away. Everyday life becomes a life of strife, struggle, noise, violence, war, speed, work, exploitation and alienation, all elements seen as negative, and death is the negation of it all, is the positive virtuality that has to become our reality overthere. It is thus in perfect agreement with the vision the impressionists introduced to defy photography and bring art beyond the blaring image of reality a photographer brings up with his machine. The eye of the artist goes beyond those crude colors and forms to find light and life in the depth of his retina. Fauré is the impressionist painter of death as the real life beyond the surface we have to contemplate and suffer everyday. In other words virtual is beautiful and real is dreadful. Happiness has to be found in virtuality and not in reality.Read more ›
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