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Faure: Requiem / Orchestral works
Faure: Requiem / Orchestral works (Decca 480 4763)
SKU: 15747
AU $8.95

Label: Decca Cat. No.: 480 4763 Medium: CD No. Discs: 1

Contrary to the imaginative view offered by many commentators, Faure's Requiem had nothing to do with the death of Faure's parents. 'My Requiem was written for nothing,' the composer confided to Maurice Emmanuel, 'it was written, if I may say so, for fun.' Ernest Ansermet recorded the piece with two stellar artists - Suzanne Danco and Gerard Souzay - whose stylistic solos are completely in keeping with the music's sentiments. Ansermet also recorded three of Faure's orchestral works for Decca in 1961, originally coupled with Debussy's Petite Suite. They are included on this anthology, thereby presenting the sum of Ansermet's Faure recordings for Decca. Previously issued on Decca's 'Classic Sound' series, the CD will be welcomed back into circulation by many collectors and the cover reproduces the original illustration used on the Decca LP of the orchestral works.

"Gerard Souzay sings the baritone part most beautifully and for this, and for Ansermet's grave and distinguished treatment of the lovely work, the reissuse is most welcome In almost every respect an ideal performance" - [Requiem] Gramophone.

"Ansermet and his orchestra play eloquently and the recording is excellent" - [Orchestral works] Gramophone.

"Ansermet's version [of the Requiem] is technically immaculate sympathetic and stylish performances [of the orchestral works], highly regarded in their day and still sounding well" - Penguin Guide to Bargain Compact Discs.

A Decca Eloquence CD.

To be released 9 December 2011.

Artists: Suzanne Danco (soprano), Gerard Souzay (baritone), L'Union Chorale de la Tour de Peilz.
Composers: Faure.
Conductors: Ernest Ansermet.
Orchestras: L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.
Tracks: GABRIEL FAURE (1845-1924)Requiem, Op. 48
Pelleas et Melisande, Op. 80: incidental music
Penelope: Prelude
Masques et bergamasques, Op. 112: suite
Medium: CD
No. of Discs: 1
SKU #: 15747
Label: Decca
Catalog #: 480 4763
Price: AU $8.95   

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