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This critically-acclaimed album was recorded in January 2014 with the Orchestra of the Age of
Enlightenment and former choral scholar Gerald Finley. It is the first
recording of Marc Rigaudière’s new reconstruction of the earliest
complete liturgical performance of the
It faithfully recreates the 1889 premiere, even using the organ stops
available to the organist at the L'église de la 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 expanded version of the Requiem, as edited by John Rutter, is also included on this album for comparison.
Fauré's Requiem forms a cornerstone of the Choir’s repertoire, along with the Cantique de Jean Racine, heard here in its original version for Choir and Organ.
These works are complimented by Fauré's Messe Basse for high voices, sung by the sixteen choristers of the Choir.
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