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Requiem / Four Sacred Pieces

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. I Introit Et Kyrie
  2. II Offertoire
  3. III Sanctus
  4. IV Pie Jesu
  5. V Agnus Dei
  6. VI Libera Me
  7. VII In Paradisum
  8. Ave Maria
  9. Stabat Mater
  10. Laudi Alla Vergine Maria
  11. Te Deum


Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 20, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Alliance
  • ASIN: B000VAVTHW
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #793,812 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Roger Lakins on May 27, 2010
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I happened to be listening to Classical radio one night several weeks ago. In the late night hours, they played the Faure "Requiem" from this disc. Although I have several very good performances of this in my collection, I felt compelled to order this one to study it further. I am so glad I did. It has brought me hours of enjoyment.

Giulini does a marvelous job of capturing the essence of the rarely heard Verdi Sacred Songs. In fact, I must admit that he helped deepen my appreciation of them. The performance of the "Ave Maria" is ethereal and delicately balanced. The "Laudi alla Verginae Maria" shares this ethos in setting the Dante text from "Il Paradiso", and utilizes the resources of a large women's choir a capella. The "Te Deum" comes through as fervent Verdi and achieves maximum dramatic affect. Janet Baker is heard in a small, but earnest solo line toward the end of the work. I withhold comment on the "Stabat Mater" for the simple reason that I have never been able to love the piece.

While in the Verdi pieces, a choir of about 270 is featured, a smaller group of seventy voices was used to perform and record the Faure. While there is certainly something very beautiful about a good Men and Boys choir rendition of this work, this elegant reading by adults and the solos done by more mature voices captures what is to my ears the essence of the work. To my ears and senses, Faure uses the choir as a representation of the mourners. There is a certain emotional fatigue underlying the work, and the chorus must seem to be longing to believe in the mercy of God and promises of faith in bring it off successfully. This is achieved to an awesome degree in this performance.
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Don't be fooled by the 2007 release date. This performance was recorded in 1962, and reissued in 2007. The performance may be wonderful, but the recording is very poor (for today's standards).
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