Faure - Requiem
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Label: EPR Classic
Cat No: EPRC015
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 10th November 2014
Les sept paroles du Christ sur la croix
ArtistsFlemish Radio Choir
Brussels Philharmonic Soloists
Over the last 500 years, man’s mortality has inspired a genre of unsurpassed profoundness in Western art music: whether conveying fear of death, hope of life after death, or just solace for those who stay behind, the Requiem is at once the rawest and most comforting musical embodiment of the fact that life on earth is finite.
On a series of five CDs, acclaimed conductor Hervé Niquet leads the Flemish Radio Choir in new recordings of iconic Requiems (by Brahms or Mozart), but he also delves into unjustly neglected music for the departed, such as the masses by Maurice Duruflé (1947) or Alfred Desenclos (1963).
The first release in the series features the well-known Requiem by Gabriel Fauré (1888) which – recorded in the original chamber version with soloists of the Brussels Philharmonic – bears heart-warming testimony to Fauré’s desire to write "a lullaby of death, an aspiration towards happiness above, rather than a painful experience".
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