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Thompson: Requiem / Hayes, Philadelphia Singers

Release Date: 05/13/2016 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559789   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Randall Thompson
Conductor:  David Hayes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Singers
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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This first recording by the 32-voice Philadelphia Singers, conducted by David Hayes, is not only technically superb but exceptionally warm and passionate; the singers, who are now Resident Chorus of the Philadelphia Orchestra, know both the music and the words, and claim to have given the first-ever live performances of the Requiem by a professional chorus.

– Gramophone

The recorded sound is very good indeed, and the complete texts laid out carefully to distinguish between the words of the two choirs
Read more is printed in the booklet along with Vreeman’s informative essay on the music. This recording is a musically worthy representation of a score that certainly does not deserve the total lack of recognition it has achieved thus far in its existence. Nor does Randall Thompson, whose music deserves much more than the somewhat patronizing recognition that is all most European critics seem willing to accord it.

– MusicWeb International (Paul Corfield Godfrey) Read less

Works on This Recording

Requiem by Randall Thompson
Conductor:  David Hayes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1958; USA 

Featured Sound Samples

Requiem, Pt. 1 "Lamentations"
Requiem, Pt. 2 "The Triumph of Faith": Why Make Ye This Ado?
Requiem, Pt. 2 "The Triumph of Faith": What Man Is He?

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