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Faure: Requiem & Other Choral Music / Rutter, Cambridge Singers

Faure / Cambridge Singers / Rutter
Release Date: 09/14/2010 
Label:  Collegium Records   Catalog #: 520   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  John ScottCambridge SingersCaroline AshtonSimon Standage,   ... 
Conductor:  John Rutter
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is the recording, originally released in 1984, that presented John Rutter’s edition of the “1893” version of Fauré’s Requiem, the composer’s revision of his original conception (from 1888) for small orchestra that had remained unpublished and unperformed since the 1890s. Although there have since been many other recorded performances of Rutter’s edition (including a fine one by the Corydon Singers on Hyperion), this one remains an excellent account of the “real” Requiem, effectively supplanting—in a purely musical sense—the best-known yet injudiciously-scored version from 1900 for full orchestra. The soloists are first-rate, the choral sopranos are sublime (producing a lovely sound akin to the quality of boy trebles, who Read more originally would have sung the piece), and Rutter’s pacing is ideal. The disc is filled out with gorgeous works for women’s voices and organ and the overrated yet oft-performed Cantique de Jean Racine. The sound is not as clear and detailed as we’d like in full sections of the Requiem, but this is not a very big deal. This should be in every choral lover’s library.

-- David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com [8/2011]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Requiem, Op. 48 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  John Scott (Organ), Cambridge Singers (Voice), Caroline Ashton (),
Simon Standage (Violin), Stephen Varcoe ()
Conductor:  John Rutter
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887-1890; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1984 
Venue:  Great Hall, University College, London, 
Length: 33 Minutes 18 Secs. 
2.
Ave Maria in A flat major, Op. 67 no 2 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  John Scott (Organ), Cambridge Singers (Voice), Caroline Ashton (),
Simon Standage (Violin), Stephen Varcoe ()
Conductor:  John Rutter
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1895; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1984 
Venue:  Great Hall, University College, London, 
Length: 1 Minutes 58 Secs. 
3.
Maria Mater gratiae, Op. 47 no 2 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  John Scott (Organ), Cambridge Singers (Voice), Caroline Ashton (),
Simon Standage (Violin), Stephen Varcoe ()
Conductor:  John Rutter
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1984 
Venue:  Great Hall, University College, London, 
Length: 2 Minutes 52 Secs. 
4.
Cantique de Jean Racine, Op. 11 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Caroline Ashton (), Cambridge Singers (Voice), Simon Standage (Violin),
John Scott (Organ), Stephen Varcoe ()
Conductor:  John Rutter
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1984 
Venue:  Great Hall, University College, London, 
Length: 6 Minutes 46 Secs. 
5.
Messe basse by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Caroline Ashton (), Ruth Holton (), Cambridge Singers (Voice),
John Scott (Organ), Simon Standage (Violin), Stephen Varcoe ()
Conductor:  John Rutter
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882/1906; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1984 
Venue:  Great Hall, University College, London, 
Length: 10 Minutes 17 Secs. 
6.
Offertoires (2) for vocal soloists, chorus & organ, Op. 65 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  John Scott (Organ), Nicola-Jane Kemp (), Cambridge Singers (Voice),
Caroline Ashton (), Ruth Holton (), Simon Standage (Violin),
Stephen Varcoe ()
Conductor:  John Rutter
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894 
Date of Recording: 01/1984 
Venue:  Great Hall, University College, London, 
Length: 6 Minutes 17 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

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 First Rate Presentation January 22, 2016 By Joseph Erdeljac (West Chester, PA) See All My Reviews "This lovely and mystical composition is a standard of the choral repertory. This recording, however, stands out because the delicacy of the work is expertly interpreted. One is literally transported by the choral sound to higher realms. At times you would swear that you were listening to a boy's choir when the women sing. I have a number of recordings of this work and this one surpasses most of the others." Report Abuse
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