requiem opus 48 (original 1983 version)
Laurence Equilbey, Accentus
Sandrine Piau (soprano) - Stephane Degout (baritone)
Luc Hery (violin) - Christophe Henry (organ)
Maitrise de Paris
Members of LóOrchestre National de France/Laurence Equilbey
The recording of Faureós 1893 version of the Requiem is now, thankfully, becoming relatively commonplace. There will always be a place for the larger work, with full orchestra, but we must accept that this was created at the behest of Faureós publisher and the orchestration may not have been by Faure himself.
The Requiem had a long gestation. Faure started work in 1877 and in January 1888, five movements were performed. It was only in 1889 that the final two movements, Offertoire and Libera me were added, but the Offertoire was based around a setting of the Hostias which Faure had sketched in 1877. All this implies that Faure had a reasonably clear view of what he wanted the work to be and that the long gestation period was not the result of difficulties in composition.
5. Pie Jesu
6. Agnus del
7. Libera me
8. In Paradisum
9. Cantique de jean pacine opus 11
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