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Faure: Requiem, Cantique De Jean Racine, Pavane / Jarvi, Jaroussky, Goerne

Faure / Jarvi,Paavo
Release Date: 10/04/2011 
Label:  Virgin Classics   Catalog #: 70921   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Philippe JarousskyMatthias GoerneEric Picard
Conductor:  Paavo Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de ParisOrchestre de Paris Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Järvi apparently subscribes to Delamarche’s belief, more or less, that the 1900 Trocadéro performance is the final word on the subject, so this is not the scaled-down 1893 Rutter version that has become popular in recent years. But unless my ears deceive me, it’s also not quite the “full monty” version heard at the Trocadéro either. I don’t, for example, hear flutes and clarinets, though in the big, massed climaxes with brass and organ blaring, it can be a bit hard to tell.

Let me hasten to add that I’m not criticizing the full orchestral treatment. It’s entirely viable and still well respected, enjoying many fine modern recordings. Unusual here, however, is Järvi’s inspired choice of a
Read more countertenor to sing the famous Pie Jesu instead of a boy or female soprano—inspired because Philippe Jaroussky’s voice and singing of the piece will give you goosebumps. For me, this is one aspect of Järvi’s disc that makes it indispensable, though I can’t say unique because I don’t know whether it has been done before or not.

Also to be noted is that though Järvi has considerable choral and orchestral forces at his command, he uses them judiciously and with restraint, resisting the temptation to beef up the score beyond Fauré’s unpretentious approach to the Requiem which, after all, abstains from the terrors of the Dies irae.

Järvi fills out his disc with the Cantique de Jean Racine, which is paired, almost de rigueur, with the Requiem, and the cello Elégie and Pavane, which are also frequent discmates in Fauré programs. But what makes Järvi’s CD unique as well as indispensable is its inclusion of a world premiere recording of Fauré’s Super flumina Babylonis (By the Rivers of Babylon). Written in 1863, the piece was Fauré’s third attempt to win the prestigious Prix de Rome, and for his effort, he got “a very honorable mention” but no cigar.

The work calls for five-part mixed chorus and is scored for an orchestra of winds in pairs, four horns, three trombones, timpani, and strings. Its text is drawn from Psalm 137, which begins with the Jews lamenting their exile from Jerusalem by the Babylonians and ends with their exulting in a fantasy of violent vengeance on their conquerors. If the music reminds you of Saint-Saëns, it should. Fauré was only 18 and still a student when he wrote it, and Saint-Saëns was one of his teachers. The piece may last only 10 minutes, but it’s almost worth the price of the disc by itself...there’s no question but that the new Järvi is strongly recommended."

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Works on This Recording

1. Requiem, Op. 48 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor), Matthias Goerne (Baritone)
Conductor:  Paavo Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris,  Orchestre de Paris Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887-1890; France 
2. Cantique de Jean Racine, Op. 11 by Gabriel Fauré
Conductor:  Paavo Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris,  Orchestre de Paris Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; France 
3. Pavane, Op. 50 by Gabriel Fauré
Conductor:  Paavo Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris,  Orchestre de Paris Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; France 
4. Elégie for Cello and Piano, Op. 24 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Eric Picard (Cello)
Conductor:  Paavo Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; France 
5. Super flumina Babylonis by Gabriel Fauré
Conductor:  Paavo Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris,  Orchestre de Paris Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 

Sound Samples

Requiem Op. 48: I. Introït et Kyrie
Requiem Op. 48: II. Offertoire
Requiem Op. 48: III. Sanctus
Requiem Op. 48: IV. Pie Jesu
Requiem Op. 48: V. Agnus Dei
Requiem Op. 48: VI. Libera me
Requiem Op. 48: VII. In Paradisum
Cantique de Jean Racine Op. 11
Elégie for cello and orchestra in C minor Op. 24
Pavane for orchestra and mixed choir, Op. 50
Super flumina Babylonis, for mixed choir and orchestra

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