Durante - Requiem | Coro COR16147

Durante - Requiem

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Label: Coro

Cat No: COR16147

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 28th October 2016

Contents

Artists

Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Oxford
Soloists from The Sixteen
Clive Driskill-Smith (organ)
Oxford Baroque

Conductor

Stephen Darlington

Works

Durante, Francesco

Organ Concerto in B flat major
Requiem Mass in C minor

Artists

Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Oxford
Soloists from The Sixteen
Clive Driskill-Smith (organ)
Oxford Baroque

Conductor

Stephen Darlington

About

An exciting new collaboration between some of the UKís most eminent musical ensembles sees Oxfordís Christ Church Cathedral Choir, one of the world's oldest and best-known cathedral choirs, joins forces with soloists from The Sixteen and Oxford Baroque on this new recording of Francesco Duranteís Requiem Mass in C minor.

Despite its enduring popularity in the 18th century this beautiful and majestic work was never published but survives through over 50 manuscript copies scattered across Europe. It is a remarkable work which can justly be described as one of the most important orchestral Requiem settings of the 18th century. This is the premiere recording of Stephen Darlingtonís new edition of the work which shows Durante to be a composer of considerable skill and invention, who combined his mastery of counterpoint with an elegance of melody, a richness of harmony and an imaginative instinct for structure.

This album also features Duranteís exquisite Organ Concerto in B flat major - a rare example of an Italian keyboard concerto of the period - performed here by celebrated organist, Clive Driskill-Smith.

Soloists from The Sixteen:
- Alexandra Kidgell (soprano)
- Katy Hill (soprano)
- William Purefoy (countertenor)
- Mark Dobell (tenor)
- Ben Davies (bass)

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