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Fauré: Requiem / Christophers, St. Martin In The Fields, The Sixteen


Release Date: 03/11/2008 
Label:  Coro   Catalog #: 16057   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartGabriel Fauré
Performer:  Mark DobellElin Manahan ThomasRoderick WilliamsRuth Massey
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the FieldsThe Sixteen
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The result of a brand new collaboration between two of the finest modern day exponents of classical music, this exquisite disc brings fresh lifeblood to Fauré's peerless 'Requiem' and injects imaginative invention and poetic phrasing into two of Mozart's choral masterpieces. Recorded at the 2007 Mostly Mozart Festival at London's Barbican Hall, this disc reflects the unique live experience of a concert performance that captivated its audience. Conducted by Harry Christophers, The Sixteen and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields are joined by four soloists for this recording. '...the singers of The Sixteen evoked an unearthly expressiveness. Fauré once said: 'here it was as if we had stumbled upon some private memorial, and Read more caught a haunting glimpse of paradise.'' - The London Independent

R E V I E W S:

"This is a live recording of a concert given at last year’s Mostly Mozart festival...Despite its title, Mozart’s pithy Solemn Vespers mostly bristle with a joyous, late-Haydn-like energy, though the lilting Laudate dominum is an expressive high point within the psalm sequence. The solemnity comes with Fauré’s Requiem and the curtain-raiser, Mozart’s late motet Ave verum corpus, which are expressive and both emotionally and spiritually profound. Harry Christophers, the Sixteen and the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields straddle the styles and approaches impressively. Roderick Williams is an excellent, rich-toned baritone soloist, while Ruth Massey conveys just the right measure of fragility in her Pie Jesu."
-- Stephen Pettitt, Sunday Times (London) [3/9/2008]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Ave verum corpus in D major, K 618 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  The Sixteen
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Austria 
Date of Recording: 8/2/2007 
Venue:  Live  Barbican Hall, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
2.
Vesperae solennes de confessore, K 339 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Mark Dobell (Tenor), Elin Manahan Thomas (Soprano), Roderick Williams (Baritone),
Ruth Massey (Alto)
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  The Sixteen
Period: Classical 
Written: 1780; Salzburg, Austria 
Date of Recording: 8/2/2007 
Venue:  Live  Barbican Hall, London 
Length: 24 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
3.
Requiem, Op. 48 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Roderick Williams (Baritone), Elin Manahan Thomas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  The Sixteen
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887-1890; France 
Date of Recording: 8/2/2007 
Venue:  Live  Barbican Hall, London 
Length: 32 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: Latin 

Featured Sound Samples

Requiem (Fauré): I. Introït et Kyrie
Requiem (Fauré): IV. Pie Jesu
Requiem (Fauré): V. Agnus Dei

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 absolutely exquisite February 27, 2013 By S. Court (Athens, GA) See All My Reviews "As always with these performers, absolutely exquisite attention to detail and flawless performance. I always look for The Sixteen before I look at anyone else, and I'm never sorry." Report Abuse
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