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Faure

Magazine article Gramophone

Faure

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Faure

Requiem. Op 48. Pavane, Op 50. Eight Songs torch Lubbock) Ilona Domnich sop Johnny Herford bar OSJ Voices; Orchestra of St John's / John Lubbock Orchestra of St John's [F] OSJCD01 (69' * DDD) Recorded live at St John's Smith Square, London, April 24, 2013

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Unsurprisingly, their website includes generous words of praise about the first release on the Orchestra of St John's own label. Sadly, I find it disappointing.

The programme, recorded during a single live performance in April 2013, is enticing enough, and I am particularly taken by John Lubbock's exquisite orchestrations of a clutch of Faure's solo songs. Alternating the solo voice between the clear and light baritone of Johnny Herford and the rather more fulsome soprano of Ilona Domnich works well. If Herford understates Faure's delicate writing for the voice, Domnich gives it a more Wagnerian breadth, most obviously in 'Fleur jetee', where her fervently dramatic delivery seems at odds with Lubbock's chamber-like string accompaniment. …

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