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Requiems by Fauré and Duruflé

Composer Maurice Duruflé
Gabriel Fauré
Performer Malena Ernman
Ola Håkansson
Miah Persson
Olle Persson
The Swedish Radio Choir (Radiokören)
Mattias Wager
Fredrik Malmberg, conductor
Period Romantic
Catalogue Number BIS-1206 SACD
EAN 7318599912066
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Nov 2005
Total time 73'54

Klassik Heute: outstanding.

Musical settings of the Mass for the Dead have a tendency to dwell on the dramatic high points of the day of judgement and the trumpets of doom (Dies irae and Tuba mirum) – partly for the reason that they really are dramatic high points. With their respective Requiems, Gabriel Fauré and Maurice Duruflé wanted to express something different, something which Fauré himself described as a ‘trust in eternal rest’. Indeed, when hearing the description of his work as ‘a lullaby of death’, Fauré approved of it. It is the eternal light and peace wished for in the Mass that both composers infused their Requiems with (to the point of actually omitting the more doomladen passages).
These qualities are certainly part of the palette of the magnificent Swedish Radio Choir – the favourite vocal instrument of many of the world’s greatest conductors, including Claudio Abbado and Riccardo Muti.
The choir’s previous disc on BIS (BIS-CD-1157) consisted of works by Schnittke and Pärt in performances described as being ‘of commanding, awesome brilliance…with a virtuosity and commitment that are astounding’ (Int. Record Review) and ‘refulgently passionate’ (BBC Music Magazine).
On this disc, the choir, directed by Fredrik Malmberg, is joined by three of Sweden’s foremost singers – all of them represented on previous BIS recordings – as well as organist Mattias Wager, who has also supplied the organ arrangement of Faurés orchestral score.

Please note: The music on this Hybrid Super Audio CD can be played back in Stereo (CD and SACD) as well as in 5.0 Surround sound (SACD).
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  Maurice Duruflé
  Requiem, Op.9 (1947) 38'37
01 I. Introit 3'31
02 II. Kyrie 3'36
03 III. Domine Jesu Christe 8'40
04 IV. Sanctus 3'21
05 V. Pie Jesus 3'45
06 VI. Agnus Dei 3'45
07 VII. Lux aeterna 3'43
08 VIII. Libera me 5'08
09 IX. In paradisum 3'08
  Gabriel Fauré
  Requiem, Op.48 (1887-91) (Version with organ by Mattias Wager) 33'40
10 I. Introit et Kyrie 6'22
11 II. Offertoire 8'11
12 III. Sanctus 3'02
13 IV. Pie Jesu 3'02
14 V. Agnus Dei 5'31
15 VI. Libera me 4'17
16 VII. In paradisum 3'15
  Album total 73'54
ConductorMalmberg, Fredrik
OrganWager, Mattias
ComposerDuruflé, Maurice
Fauré, Gabriel
BaritonePersson, Olle
CelloHåkansson, Ola
Mezzo-sopranoErnman, Malena
SopranoPersson, Miah

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