Gabriel Faure / Maurice Durufle – Requiems



Miah Persson, soprano
Malena Ernman, mezzo-soprano
Olle Persson, baritone
Ola Hakansson, cello
Mattias Wager, organ

Swedish Radio Choir
Fredrik Malmberg – conductor

BIS presents Requiems from Gabriel Faure and Maurice Durufle, two composers who wanted to express something different from other musical settings of the Mass for the Dead, something which Faure himself described as a ‘trust in eternal rest’. On this disc, the choir, directed by Fredrik Malmberg, is joined by three of Sweden’s foremost singers as well as organist Mattias Wager, who has also supplied the organ arrangement of Faure’s orchestral score.
There are so many recordings of the Requiems by Maurice Durufle and Gabriel Faure that seeing a new recording released seems excessive. But the reason this recording of these quietly spiritual works deserves attention is that it obeys the composers’ wishes for performances in the churches, without orchestra, and with only organ accompaniment for the chorus and soloists. The sound is different but to this listener (and with the forces assembled for this recording) the result is well worth the effort.
Fredrick Malmberg conducts the Swedish Radio Choir (Sveriges Radiokor), organist Mattias Wager, and soloists Malena Ernman, Olle Persson, Ola Hakansson, and Miah Persson in beautifully crafted, exquisitely sung and sensitively rendered devotional moods. The soloists are all outstanding, especially the women, and there are few performances of the Faure ‘Pie Jesu’ that can match the ethereal beauty of Miah Persson’s hauntingly beautiful rendering. The balance between the organ, the chorus and the soloists is perfect and the engineer who created this CD deserve awards for the quality of sound: the presence of hearing the works in a cathedral is captured as well as any recording on the market! Highly Recommended on every level.


Maurice Durufle (1902 – 1986)

Requiem, Op.9 (1947)
01. I. Introit 3’31
02. II. Kyrie 3’36
03. III. Domine Jesu Christe 8’40
04. IV. Sanctus 3’21
05. V. Pie Jesus 3’45
06. VI. Agnus Dei 3’45
07. VII. Lux aeterna 3’43
08. VIII. Libera me 5’08
09. IX. In paradisum 3’08

Gabriel Faure (1845 – 1924)

Requiem, Op.48 (1887-91) (Version with organ by Mattias Wager)
10. I. Introit et Kyrie 6’22
11. II. Offertoire 8’11
12. III. Sanctus 3’02
13. IV. Pie Jesu 3’02
14. V. Agnus Dei 5’31
15. VI. Libera me 4’17
16. VII. In paradisum 3’15

Total Time: 73’54


    • ipromesisposi
    • December 11th, 2009

    Thank you so much for this rare recording.

    • MarteIrae
    • September 10th, 2010

    Thank you very much for this.

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