Hervé Niquet / Flemish Radio Choir

Fauré Requiem

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Format: CD
Label: Evil Penguin
UPC: 0608917720129
Catnr: EPRC 0015
Release date: 26 September 2014
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Label
Evil Penguin
UPC
0608917720129
Catalogue number
EPRC 0015
Release date
26 September 2014

"I can sum up this performance quite easily: it’s a very fine one. Indeed, it’s one of the very best performances of the 1893 version that I can recall hearing on disc. These excellent and thoughtful performances, set down in two different venues and several months apart, are recorded in clean, clear sound. As I said at the start, this is a stylish release."

Musicweb-International, 30-1-2015
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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 albums, 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 most imminent release in the series features the well-known Messe de 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”.
Though nothing comes easier than eternal rest after Fauré’s lament, Ein Deutsches Requiem by Brahms – which will be the second instalment in the series – is worth a little longer sojourn on earth…
Over de afgelopen 500 jaar heeft de sterfelijkheid van de mens een belangrijk genre geïnspireerd in Westerse muziek. Of het nu gaat om de boodschap van de angst dood, de hoop op leven na de dood, of de troost voor degene die achterblijven, het Requiem is een van de puurste muzikale belichamingen van het feit dat het leven op aarde eindig is.

In een serie van vijf albums leidt de vermaarde dirigent Hervé Niquet het Vlaams Radiokoor in een nieuwe opname van iconische requiems (zoals die van Brahms en Mozart), maar duikt ook de onterecht verwaarloosde muziek voor de doden, zoals de missen van Maurice Duruflé (1947) en Alfred Desenclos (1963)

Op dit eerste album wordt het welbekende Messe de Requiem van Gabriel Fauré gepresenteerd, opgenomen in de originele kamerbezetting met solisten van Brussels Philharmonic, om zo recht te doen aan Fauré's wens om een "slaapliedje te schrijven voor de dood, een streven naar geluk, boven een pijnlijke ervaring."
In den letzten 500 Jahren haben moralische Themen immer wieder die westliche Kunstmusik inspiriert: Angst vor dem Tod, die Hoffnung auf ein Leben nach dem Tod oder auch nur der Trost der Hinterbliebenen, das Requiem ist wohl der tröstendste musikalische Inbegriff für die Tatsache, dass das Leben auf der Erde endlich ist.

Hervé Niquet leitet den Flemish Radio Choir in einer Serie von fünf CDs durch verschiedenste ikonische Requiem-Vertonungen (von Brahms bis Mozart) und erforscht mit ihnen auch zu Unrecht stiefmütterlich behandelte Musik für Hinterbliebene, wie beispielsweise die Messen von Maurice Duruflé (1947) oer Alfred Desenclos (1963).

Die erste Veröffentlichung aus dieser Serie wird die bekannte Messe de Requiem von Gabriel Fauré (1888) darstellen, welche - aufgenommen in einer Kammerversion mit Solisten der Brüsseler Philharmonie - Faurés Verlangen "ein Schlaflied auf den Tod, eine Hoffnung auf Glück im Himmel, statt einer schmerzhaften Erfahrung" zu komponieren auf herzerwärmende Art und Weise beweist.
Negli ultimi 500 anni, la morte dell’essere umano ha ispirato un genere d’insuperata profondità: che comunichi la paura della morte, la speranza della vita dopo la morte, o soltanto la consolazione per quelli che restano, il Requiem è l’espressione musicale ad un tempo più cruda e più confortante del fatto che la vita sulla terra ha una fine. In una collana di cinque CD, il celebre direttore Hervé Niquet guiderà il Coro della Radio Fiamminga in nuove registrazioni di Requiem emblematici (di Brahms o Mozart), ma si addentrerà anche nel repertorio per i defunti ingiustamente dimenticato, come le Messe di Maurice Duruflé (1947) o di Alfred Desenclos (1963).


La prima uscita della collana presenta la celebre Messe de Requiem di Gabriel Fauré (1888), che – registrata nella versione da camera originale con i solisti della Brussels Philharmonic – rispecchia in modo toccante il desiderio di Fauré di scrivere una «ninnananna funebre, un’aspirazione verso la felicità dell’al di là, più che un’esperienza dolorosa».

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I can sum up this performance quite easily: it’s a very fine one. Indeed, it’s one of the very best performances of the 1893 version that I can recall hearing on disc. These excellent and thoughtful performances, set down in two different venues and several months apart, are recorded in clean, clear sound. As I said at the start, this is a stylish release.
Musicweb-International, 30-1-2015

Beautiful!
Hermann, 22-10-2014

The melody line is always perfect and the sound of an exquisite beauty
FonoForum, 15-10-2014

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