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Best 20 / Laurence Equilbey, Accentus

Faure / Barber / Buxtehude / Accentus / Equilbey
Release Date: 04/24/2012 
Label:  Naive   Catalog #: 5290   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Samuel BarberGabriel FauréDietrich BuxtehudeFrancis Poulenc,   ... 
Conductor:  Laurence Equilbey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accentus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Accentus, Laurence Equilbey, and Naïve: it’s a story that goes back a long way now, a story of fidelity and diversity. Fidelity in our artistic companionship, since accentus was one of the first ensembles to join Naïve when the label was created in 1999. Diversity, because our shared artistic trajectory has been shaped by a wide variety of repertoires and projects. First of all there was Pascal Dusapin’s Requiem[s], an ongoing success that has reached far beyond the contemporary sphere; then a magnificent programme of a cappella Poulenc; then the bombshell of Transcriptions, which is both the group’s and the label’s bestseller to date. After an excursion into Schoenberg with the Ensemble Intercontemporain, the year 2003 was marked Read more by Brahms’s German Requiem in its version with piano. In 2005 came the first recording with orchestra under the direction of Laurence Equilbey (Haydn’s Seven Last Words). Since then, our projects have embraced music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, key repertoire works (the Fauré Requiem), rarely recorded monuments like Richard Strauss’s masterpieces for a cappella choir, a DVD of the Transcriptions, a concert of Christmas music for CD and television in 2009, Rachmaninoff, Dvorák, Mendelssohn…

Eighteen recordings so far, eighteen documents that have made a lasting impact on the discography of a genre that accentus and Laurence Equilbey have greatly contributed to make more widely known, and indeed popular. Happy Birthday to all the artists who participated in the adventure of the first twenty years, and let’s meet up again very soon to unveil all the new projects for the next twenty.
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Works on This Recording

Agnus Dei, Op. 11 by Samuel Barber
Conductor:  Laurence Equilbey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accentus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967; USA 
Requiem, Op. 48: In paradisum by Gabriel Fauré
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887-1890; France 
Der Herr ist mit mir in F major, BuxWV 15: alleluia by Dietrich Buxtehude
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Concerto for Violin in F minor, Op. 8 no 4/RV 297 "L'inverno": Excerpt(s) by Antonio Vivaldi
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
Messiah, HWV 56: Hallelujah! by George Frideric Handel
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31: Bless the Lord, O my Soul by Sergei Rachmaninov
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Russia 
Geist der Liebe, D 747/Op. 11 no 3 by Franz Schubert
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1822; Vienna, Austria 
German Requiem, Op. 45: Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen by Johannes Brahms
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854-1868; Austria 

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