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Fauré: Requiem - Spanjaard

Fauré: Requiem - Spanjaard

PentaTone Classics  PTC 5186020

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid

Classical - Vocal


Fauré: Requiem Op. 48, Cantique de Jean Racine Op. 11, Madrigal Op. 35, Pavane Op. 50, Ave Verum Op. 65 No. 1, Tantum Ergo Op. 55, Les Djinns Op. 12

Christiane Oelze
Harry Peeters
Netherlands Chamber Choir
Limburg Symphony Orchestra Maastricht
Ed Spanjaard (conductor)

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Comment by threerandot - July 7, 2016 (1 of 1)

Review by threerandot November 19, 2006
Performance: 5
Sonics: 5 (MCH)

Although this is only my third SACD made by Pentatone it is a disc that I think will appeal to most choral music lovers. The performances throughout this disc are very meditative and the choral voices come through with clarity. The very open acoustic seems to only enhance the emotion of these performances. There is also a great deal of colour and depth, giving you that feeling of being there.

This recording is also designed to be soothing and relaxing. I also love the way solo voices soar above the rich tapestry of the orchestra. Open and big sounding, yet intimate at the same time. Surely not easy an feat to manage. There is also some pretty incredible dynamics and the sound remains smooth and rich throughout, even in forte passages.

I have always been a lover of french music and this disc from Pentatone should easily satisfy most listeners of this repertoire.

(This review only refers to the MCH portion of this disc.