Magazine article Gramophone

Faure: Requiem, Op 48-Complete (Ed Rigaudiere)

Magazine article Gramophone

Faure: Requiem, Op 48-Complete (Ed Rigaudiere)

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Faure Requiem, Op 48--complete (ed Rigaudiere) (a); Offertoire (ed Rutter) (b). Cantique de Jean Racine (c). Messe basse (c) (a) Tom Pickard treb (ab) Gerald Finley bar Choir of King's College, Cambridge; (ab) Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment / Stephen Cleobury with (ab) Douglas Tang, (c) Tom Etheridge org King's College (F) [SACD] KGS0005 (52' * DDD/DSD * T/t)

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King's College Choir has a distinguished recording history of Faure's evergreen Requiem, starting with David Willcocks's much-loved 1967 LP. This new release, on the choir's own label, marks a major step forwards in our understanding of the work's somewhat garbled genesis.

Following the musicological research undertaken on the score in the late 1970s and early '80s by Roger Fiske, Paul Inwood, Jean-Paul Nectoux and John Rutter, Marc Rigaudiere's 2011 edition presents the work recorded as given at its first complete liturgical performance in 1889. Significantly, the Offertoire is now an entirely baritone solo, shorn of its opening 'O Domine' section, whose wily chromaticisms have often caused singers consternation; and there is a greater reliance on the horns, heavy brass and timpani than in the 'standard' 1900 version. …

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