Faure & Durufle: Requiem CD, インポート
The chorus is at center of Shaw's reading of the score, presumably the more lightly scored 1893 version that Faur驍 himself created (Telarc does not specify). The account flows very well, and the work of both soloists is highly satisfying, particularly Judith Blegen's airy soprano in Pie Jesu. The recording dates from 1985-86 and is one of Telarc's best, with excellent presence overall and real bass in the organ. --Ted Libbey
GREAT PRODUCTION AND QUALITY. PERFECTION IN MY OPINION. SERENE AND POWERFUL AT THE SAME TIME.
Faure's requiem is dark at times but it never gets into unnecessary dramatic gestures and seems to guide us and perhaps the deceased to the other side gently, calmly.
Durufle's Requiem on the other side to me sounds even darker. I had not heard this piece before and I quite enjoy it.
It seems these two requiems were meant to be together. Sometimes if I am not paying attention, I do not even notice the switch from one of the requiems to the other.
The recording qualify is everything you expect from TELARC: clarity, silence, and crisp detail in every regard.
Creatively & emotionally, Durufle created something so unique, & with such range of emotion, that the Faure piece just never quite matches it. I'm sure the Faure Requiem was probably ahead of its time, yet Durufle fuses Gregorian chant, Medieval & 20th century concepts & every range of human emotion into something profound. There are lower depths of sadness, higher peaks of ecstatic joy, and more reflective moments in between. Having said that, I've heard or owned about 8 or 10 versions of the Durufle Requiem. Robert Shaw & Atlanta/Telarc have crafted the most "transparent" & well recorded version I've heard yet, with a few unusual surprises here. First, the movements normally scored for soloists are instead performed by the choir. This is the only recording I've encountered to do this. The "Domine Jesu", "Pie Jesu", & "Libera me" are still gorgeously performed, but they do sound radically different this way. The other surprise is in the pacing; and I wonder if the attempt to fit both works on one disc, with the Faure Requiem recorded & sequenced first, might be the reason? For example, Durufle's exquisite, deeply moving Agnus Dei, has perhaps never been performed at such a breakneck speed as it is here. This makes it hard to appreciate the gorgeous plucked strings & woodwinds at the opening, or hear the earth shaking organ accompaniment & the lingering, sustained last notes by the choir at the end. Also the next movements, Lux aeterna, as does the last- "In Paradisum" also seem a bit too fast, when they are normally slow, very meditative & reflective. Again, the sound engineers have done an excellent job capturing every note & instrument, but I can't give it 5 stars despite superb moments such as the first 2 movements or the Sanctus & In Paradisum. You might consider the Andrew Davis/Philharmonia version for about half the price. Though it isn't as transparent (easy to hear all vocal parts), it is still magnificent after nearly 25 years, with clear woodwinds & earth shaking movements. Still, this is a VERY worthy Durufle.