How Do You Improve on "Absolute Perfection"?
In 1968, Gramophone magazine described The Choir of King’s College Cambridge's landmark recording of Faure’s Requiem as, "absolute perfection from start to finish". Cut to 2014: The choir, now under the direction of Stephen Cleobury, is joined by The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and soloist Gerald Finley in the first recording of Marc Rigaudière’s reconstruction of the first complete liturgical performance of Fauré’s Requiem.
The new recording, available on September 9, 2014, has faithfully recreated the 1889 premiere, even using the organ stops available to the organist at the Cathedrale de Ste. Madeleine in Paris. The instruments and techniques used by the orchestra are typical of those used in a French orchestra of the late 19th century.
The Pie Jesu is sung by treble Tom Pickard, in his final year as a chorister at King’s College school. The baritone solos are sung by Gerald Finley, who attended King’s College as an undergraduate choral scholar. Gerald Finley says of the recording, “It is such a joy to sing with the best choir in the world. Being part of this Fauré Requiem, a piece I have known since my own life as a chorister in Canada, with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Stephen Cleobury, is a dream come true.”
The Cantique de Jean Racine, another cornerstone of the Choir’s touring repertoire, is included here in its original version for Choir and Organ, as well as the Messe Basse for high voices, sung by the sixteen choristers of the choir.
"Sublime choral music from Fauré, in the hands of experts. A must listen shedding new light on an evergreen favorite."
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