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Faure: Requiem, Cantique de Racine / Matthew Best


Release Date: 10/12/2010 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 30008   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Mary SeersMichael GeorgeJohn ScottIsabelle Poulenard
Conductor:  Matthew Best
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber OrchestraCorydon Singers
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 58 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Matthew Best's performance with the Corydon Singers uses the Rutter edition but presents a choral and orchestral sound that is more refined, set against a helpful church acoustic. In paradisum is ethereally beautiful. Best's soloists are even finer than Rutter's, and he too provides a generous fill-up in the Messe basse and other motets..." -- The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs & DVDs [2003/4 edition]


'An outstanding choral performance by the Corydon Singers—warm and dark-toned' (The Independent)

'Recommended without hesitation' (Classic CD)

'If you're looking for a Fauré Requiem look no further' (Stereophile)

Selections recorded November
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Works on This Recording

1. Requiem, Op. 48 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Mary Seers (Soprano), Michael George (Bass), John Scott (Organ)
Conductor:  Matthew Best
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Corydon Singers
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887-1890; France 
Venue:  St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead, London 
Length: 35 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
2. Cantique de Jean Racine, Op. 11 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  John Scott (Organ)
Conductor:  Matthew Best
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Corydon Singers
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; France 
Venue:  St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead, London 
Length: 6 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Language: French 
3. Messe basse by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Isabelle Poulenard (Soprano), John Scott (Organ)
Conductor:  Matthew Best
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Corydon Singers
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882/1906; France 
Venue:  St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead, London 
Length: 9 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
4. Ave Verum, Op. 65 no 1 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  John Scott (Organ)
Conductor:  Matthew Best
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Corydon Singers
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; France 
Venue:  St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
5. Tantum Ergo in E major, Op. 65 no 2 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  John Scott (Organ)
Conductor:  Matthew Best
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Corydon Singers
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; France 
Venue:  St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: Latin 

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