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Faure: Requiem, Cantique De Jean Racine / Jarvi, Orchestre De Paris

Faure / Reiss / Orchestre De Paris / Betteridge
Release Date: 02/28/2012 
Label:  Euroarts   Catalog #: 2058878  
Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Chen ReissMatthias GoerneEric Picard
Conductor:  Paavo Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de ParisOrchestre de Paris Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Recorded live at the Salle Pleyel, Paris

Bonus:
- Interview with Paavo Järvi

Picture format: NTSC 16:9
Sound format: PCM Stereo / Dolby Digital 5.1 / DTS 5.1
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Subtitles: Latin, English, German, French
Booklet notes: English, German, French
Running time: 72 mins (concert) + 27 mins (bonus)
No. of DVDs: 1

R E V I E W:

"Cellist Eric Picard plays his solo with great sensitivity and feeling in the famed Elegy, here in the arrangement with orchestra. It turns out that Super flumina Babylonis is an early
Read more choral piece, written for Faure’s composition class when he was only 18 years old, yet it already contains many traits of his mature style. The text is that famous Psalm “By the waters of Babylon, I lay down and wept,” etc. The chorus is simply outstanding in this work, and the unaccredited chorus soprano and tenor who sing brief solos are outstanding.

As nice as Super flumina is, however, the Cantique de Jean Racine is a real jewel, both as a composition and as a performance. Here, the music doesn’t seem so much to develop as simply move forward, ebbing, flowing, and changing as it goes along. Written when he was only 20, it already marks a major step forward from the previous work, and here the performance follows the flow of the music with measured grace and a long-lined legato that seems to breathe the work out from first note to last.

Then comes the famed Requiem, and although I still prefer the ethereal textures that Nadia Boulanger drew from the New York Philharmonic in the early 1960s, this version has a quiet serenity about it that impresses me very much. Personally, I’d give at least 50 percent of the credit for the excellence of this performance to chorus master Stephen Betteridge and the two soloists, who respond to Faure’s musical instructions with superb musical fluidity and depth of feeling. I say this because it is far better than any of the performances I’ve heard Järvi give with the Cincinnati Symphony on broadcasts or recordings. Goerne and Reiss are excellent in their solos, the latter able to float her tones while still sounding crystalline, and the whole has the aura of a special occasion about it."

FANFARE: Lynn René Bayley
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Works on This Recording

1.
Pavane, Op. 50 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Chen Reiss (Soprano), Matthias Goerne (Baritone)
Conductor:  Paavo Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris,  Orchestre de Paris Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; France 
2.
Super flumina Babylonis by Gabriel Fauré
Conductor:  Paavo Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris,  Orchestre de Paris Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
3.
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 
4.
Requiem, Op. 48 by Gabriel Fauré
Conductor:  Paavo Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris,  Orchestre de Paris Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887-1890; France 
5.
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 

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