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Durufle: Requiem - Respighi: Concerto gregoriano / Repusic, Munich Radio Symphony

Release Date: 09/15/2017 
Label:  Br Klassik   Catalog #: 900320  
Composer:  Maurice DurufléOttorino Respighi
Performer:  Okka von der DamerauUladzimir SinkevichLjubomir PuškarićMax Hanft,   ... 
Conductor:  Ivan Repusic
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony OrchestraBavarian Radio Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Ivan Repusic, the new chief conductor of the Munich Rundfunkorchester, devotes his first album on BR-Klassik to works by the composers Maurice Durufle and Ottorino Respighi, both of whom took a major interest in the melodies and harmonies of Gregorian chant. The French composer Durufle’s “Requiem” is based on the Gregorian “Missa pro defunctis,” the Latin Mass for the Dead, and the Italian Respighi, in his “Concerto Gregoriano,” used Gregorian chant as a source of inspiration for the harmonious sound of the concerto and for the song-like treatment he gives to the solo violin. Maurice Durufle’s “Requiem” became especially well-known. Its first performance in 1947 was one of the high points of his career; the work not only helped to establish Read more Durufle as a successful composer but also brought him fame far beyond the borders of France. This self-contained, homogeneous and contemplative composition is based on themes from the Gregorian Mass for the Dead. In his work, Durufle succeeded in fusing Gregorian chant, Baroque polyphony and colorful orchestration into a unified whole, and the spiritual, inward-looking character of the chants harmonizes most effectively with the composer’s personal style. Read less

Works on This Recording

Requiem, Op. 9 by Maurice Duruflé
Performer:  Okka von der Damerau (Mezzo Soprano), Uladzimir Sinkevich (Cello), Ljubomir Puškarić (Baritone),
Max Hanft (Organ)
Conductor:  Ivan Repusic
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; Paris, France 
Concerto gregoriano by Ottorino Respighi
Performer:  Henry Raudales (Violin)
Conductor:  Ivan Repusic
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921; Rome, Italy 

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