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Faure's Requiem - notes 8/10/14

Recordings of Fauré’s Requiem

At the meeting on 8/10/2014 three recordings of Fauré’s Requiem were used.
These are listed below.

Recording Type
Date Recorded
Featured Artists
Additional Notes
Compact Cassette in the Classics for Pleasure series.
Victoria de los Angeles
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Paris Conservatoire Orchestra conducted by André Cluytens
This may still available as a CD version. Wonderful soprano and baritone parts. Rich orchestration and excellent balance between organ and orchestra.
We listened to part of the Introit and the Pie Jesu from this recording.

NAXOS budget CD

Lisa Beckley (soprano)
Nicholas Gedge (baritone)
Schola Cantorum of Oxford and Oxford Camerata conducted by Jeremy Summerly.
For a budget recording this is of very high quality. The balance of the organ versus the orchestra possibly favours the orchestra but this is a very clean recording.
Again we listened to part of the Introit and the Pie Jesu.

The Choir of Kings College Cambridge
Own Published CD
Gerald Finley (baritone)
Tom Pickard (treble)
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment conducted by Stephen Cleobury.
This recording is an attempt to go back to the original performance using only men’s and boy’s voices. The orchestra is using period brass and string instruments.
The conductor, Stephen Cleobury, seems to take some parts at a much faster pace than the more sedate 1963 recording.
The recording has been made using some of the latest technology and this quality CD has been manufactured in Austria.
We listened to the complete recording with a translation of the Latin into English.