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Faure: Requiem

Magazine article Gramophone

Faure: Requiem

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Faure

Requiem, Op 48 (a). Cantique de Jean Racine, Op 11. Messe basse. Two Offertories, Op 65

(a) Richard Pittsinger treb (a) David Pittsinger bar St Thomas Choir of Men & Boys, Fifth Avenue, New York; Orchestra of St Luke's / John Scott Resonus (F) RES10174 (58' * DDD * T/t)

The St Thomas Choir of Men & Boys take John Rutter's edition of Faure's 1893 score as the basis for their recording of the Requiem, carefully presenting it in the wider context of the composer's sacred works, well known or otherwise. Conducted by John Scott, it's a forthright, devotional interpretation that avoids heavyweight solemnity without losing sight of the work's ritual elements. Once past the opening chords, the Introit has a processional spring in its step. There's a dignified austerity in the playing, with a dark richness in the strings, and the St Luke's brass warm and dignified at the climaxes.

This is a fine choir, the treble tone appealingly bright, altos and tenors unearthly yet beautiful in the Offertoire, and the tenors on their own super-refined at the start of the Sanctus. David Pittsinger is the admirably consolatory baritone, and his son Richard the secure treble soloist in the Pie Jesu. …

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