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Fauré: Requiem, Etc / Summerly, Beckley, Gedge, Et Al


Release Date: 11/29/1994 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8550765   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gabriel FauréDéodat de SévéracLouis VierneCésar Franck
Performer:  Nicholas GedgeLisa BeckleyColm Carey
Conductor:  Jeremy Summerly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford CamerataSchola Cantorum Oxford
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Works on This Recording

1.
Requiem, Op. 48 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Nicholas Gedge (Baritone), Lisa Beckley (Soprano), Colm Carey (Organ)
Conductor:  Jeremy Summerly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Camerata,  Schola Cantorum Oxford
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887-1890; France 
Date of Recording: 05/1993 
Venue:  Chapel of Hertford College, Oxford, UK 
Length: 36 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
2.
Messe basse by Gabriel Fauré
Conductor:  Jeremy Summerly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Camerata,  Schola Cantorum Oxford
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882/1906; France 
Date of Recording: 05/1993 
Venue:  Chapel of Hertford College, Oxford, UK 
Length: 10 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
3.
Cantique de Jean Racine, Op. 11 by Gabriel Fauré
Conductor:  Jeremy Summerly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Camerata,  Schola Cantorum Oxford
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; France 
Date of Recording: 05/1993 
Venue:  Chapel of Hertford College, Oxford, UK 
Length: 6 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: French 
4.
Tantum ergo by Déodat de Sévérac
Conductor:  Jeremy Summerly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schola Cantorum Oxford
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1920; France 
Date of Recording: 05/1993 
Venue:  Chapel of Hertford College, Oxford, UK 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
5.
Pièces de fantaisie - Suite no 1, Op. 51: 2nd movement, Andantino by Louis Vierne
Performer:  Colm Carey (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1926; France 
Date of Recording: 05/1993 
Venue:  Chapel of Hertford College, Oxford, UK 
Length: 3 Minutes 36 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Requiem, Op. 48: Introit et Kyrie
Requiem, Op. 48: Offertoire
Requiem, Op. 48: Sanctus
Requiem, Op. 48: Pie Jesu
Requiem, Op. 48: Agnus Dei
Requiem, Op. 48: Libera me
Requiem, Op. 48: In paradisum
Pieces de fantaisie, Op. 51: Suite No. 1: Andantino
Tantum ergo
Messe basse: Kyrie
Messe basse: Sanctus
Messe basse: Benedictus
Messe basse: Agnus Dei
Cantique de Jean Racine, Op. 11

Customer Reviews

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 The First and BEST Version of the Three, hands do October 25, 2014 By Tony Engleton See All My Reviews "10-25-2014 First some details, carefully listed. there are 3 different versions of this great work. The original was in 1888 and consisted of a choir of about 40 voices, all male, a solo treble, harp, timpani, organ solo violin, divided violi and celli and basses. For that premiere in Le Madeleine," Faure added a horn and trumpet parts. The next version came in the 1890's and added 2 bassoons, 2 more horns and trumpets. This was the 1893 edition to be exact and it thus held the baritone solo, and four, not less horns, and the composer elicited a mixed male/female choir because the "Pie Jesu" solo was better for a lady soprano, in place of the boy treble. Faure's publisher, Hamelle suggested the concert hall as an additional venue. So, for the third and final edition, we now have a mixed choir, solo soprano, and baritone, 2 flutes, clarinets and bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, three trombones timpani harp, organ and only one section of violins, but divided violi and celli as in the original version. Most available versions are the final one, with readings by Shaw, Giulini, Martinon, and a host of other conductors. David Wilcox's luscious EMI with King's College is a hybrid of the #1 and #2 edition, and is my favorite one. But, this Naxos, Sommerly Oxford Camerata recording, recorded in Hertford Chapel, Oxford in mid May 1993 is a real fawn-dropper. From the purely artistic side, this Summerly :original" is ethereal and otherworldly, plain and simple. It is rapturously hypnotic , tender and so, danged warm, and consoling, I would love to have it at my farewell party. I truly feel that requiems belong in their intended venues, the church. perhaps, the Verdi and Berlioz fare better in a big concert hall, true, but gems like this one, need the small, warm acoustic of an ecclesiastical setting. Shortly after our wedding in 1973, Thelma and I heard this first rendition in Chicago's 4th Presbyterian Church with it's fine acoustics and that solo violin in the gorgeous "Sanctus." How I wish we can repeat that experience. From a strictly genuine, liturgical slant, traditionally in line with the traditional form O Roman Catholicism, this 1888 version is near prefect, not big orchestra, no altar-girls, no "hula-requiems," no kidding. The message here is one of the HOPE OF SALVATION, not THE SLAM-DUNK assurance, cause "Uncle George" was "nice guy." The phrase "nice-gut,' never appears in Scripture!! Instead, Revelations are chocked full of ambiguities regarding man's end, and we must pray for our souls, with the proper intent of "Thee, Thy, and Thine," and not "Me, my and mine." guy". I'm not crazy about the "Pie Jesu," nor have I ever been, but that is the ONLY section I fell that way about. the soloists are splendid, the pacing is smooth, reverent and totally devout and the attention to detail is stunning, and as this choir closes the "Offertory," the concluding "Amen," soars into the Heavens convincingly. Every time I hear it, encored, naturally, I'm left breathless. Top recommendations from me and a holy 5 Stars. Get that Willcocks as well, for some contrast, and enjoy, and while you're at it, say a little prayer for me, as well. God bless. Also on this Naxos disc are the Faure "Messe basse, of a tiny 10:25 and the poetically poignant "Cantique de Jean Racine, Op. 11 of only 6:30. Both are, naturally exquisitely presented. the enclosed booklet contains the full text and the cover image is drawn from Fra Angelico's "Last Judgment," in warm, calm relief, implying not the terror of that final day, but perhaps the reassurance of a happy and peaceful death. it fits well this music. god bless all, and pray. Best wishes to all, Tony. AMDG!!!!" Report Abuse
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