Notes and Editorial Reviews
Under 19th century Romanticism, music ascended from its role as a vehicle for worship to itself becoming an object of worship. On this new recording, Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem, Op. 9, considered a pinnacle of contemporary choral repertoire, is paired with Gabriel Fauré’s moving Requiem, Op.48. Especially when accompanied by organ, as these versions are, these sacred works are imbued with the same peaceful atmosphere. The release honors the memory of the hundreds of members of the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul who served and died in the course of the First Great War, 1914-1918, in which so many of the great hopes of Romanticism were irrevocably shattered. Vocal soloists Philippe Sly and Julie Boulianne, the Choir of the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul and the Petits chanteurs du Mont Royal directed by Jean-Sébastien Vallée, are accompanied on the organ by Jonathan Oldengarm.
The pace with which the Choir of the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul is directed on this album allows for a deeply reverent quality throughout. In the Duruflé Pie Jesu, the interweaving of mezzo-soprano Julie Boulianne with Elinor Frey’s ad libitum cello results in a beautifully warm and inviting entreaty.
– The Whole Note (CA)