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Durufle: Requiem/ Grunenwald: Psaume CXXIX

The Classical Shop
release date: May 2009

Originally recorded in 2009

Artists:

Jeremy Backhouse


Christopher Maltman

baritone

Robert Cohen

cello

Sarah Connolly

mezzo-soprano

Jeremy Filsell

organ

Vasari Singers



Venue:

Tonbridge School Chapel



Producer:

Adrian Peacock



Engineer:

David Hinitt



Record Label
Signum

Genre:

Choir


Organ

Total Time - 74:06
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JEAN-JACQUES GRUNENWALD

(1911-1982)
1 

Tu es Petrus (1965)

2:16
   
 

Psaume CXXIX (De Profundis) (1961)

22:24  
2 De profundis 8:16
3 Quia apud 9:21
4 Requiem aeternam 4:47
   
 

MAURICE DURUFLE

(1902-1986)
 

Quatre Motets sur des themes gregoriens

8:05  
5 Ubi caritas et amor 2:15
6 Tota pulchra es 1:56
7 Tu es Petrus 0:52
8 Tantum ergo 3:02
   
 

Requiem, Op. 9 (1947-48)

41:21  
9 Introit 3:50
10 Kyrie 4:14
11 Domine Jesu Christe (Offertory) 9:02
12 Sanctus - Benedictus 3:08
13 Pie Jesu 3:49
14 Agnus Dei 4:02
15 Lux aeterna (Communion) 4:22
16 Libera me 5:35
17 In Paradisum 3:19
Duruflé: Requiem; Grunenwald: De Profundis – Sarah Connolly, Christopher Maltman, Vasari Singers, Jeremy Backhouse

Duruflé combined Gregorian chant with a unique personal compositional style in his Requiem, which has proved to be one of the most popular and enduring choral works of the twentieth century. On this recording, Jeremy Backhouse leads the celebrated Vasari Singers, as well as the star soloists Sarah Connolly and Christopher Maltman, adding a work by Duruflé’s musical contemporary Jean-Jacques Grunenwald.

"Disappointment that this recording uses the version of the Requiem with organonly accompaniment (with the addition in the “Pie Jesu” of Robert Cohen’s sumptuously lyrical cello) quickly turned to something approaching ecstasy when, within two bars, it became manifestly obvious that Jeremy Filsell was giving us something very distinguished indeed. He has clearly studied Duruflé’s orchestral versions and pulls out whatever stops necessary on the Tonbridge School organ to recreate the effect the composer was seeking. On the strength of such inspired organ accompaniment, this disc immediately places itself head and shoulders above any other recording of this version and makes a compelling case for the validity of it as a concert rather that purely liturgical performing version. Easy as it is to be diverted by the sheer genius of Filsell’s organ accompaniment, it would be wrong to understate the extraordinarily insightful direction of Jeremy Backhouse who reveals this lovely score in all its grace and open-hearted sincerity. This matchless quality of the Vasari Singers is more vividly displayed in the fervent and beautifully shaped accounts of the Quatre Motets while, following a monumentally impressive account of Jean-Jacques Grunenwald’s Tu es Petrus, we have his extended setting of the Latin psalm, De profundis. Grunenwald’s setting has much of the vivid colouring and sequence of distinct images which characterizes his film music and, as a result, lacks a certain overall cohesion. Musically it may be more a succession of moments than a structured entity, but the sum of those moments, each delivered with consummate attention to detail by an extraordinarily able choir and an astonishingly perceptive organist is a performance not just of Technicolor magic but some emotional depth too."

Marc Rochester

Gramophone - August 2009

“…the singing of the Vasari Singers is nothing short of superb… The catalogue boasts several fine recordings of the Duruflé Requiem but I think this one is now first choice, its attraction enhanced by the imaginative couplings”


MusicWeb International - June 2009



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