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Saint Riquier, Somme, 1972 by John Piper (1903-1992)
Lincolnshire County Council, Usher Gallery, Lincoln
Track(s) taken from CDA66191
Recording details: October 1985
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: February 1987
Total duration: 8 minutes 50 seconds

'For my money, remains the finest recorded version of this lovely work in any of its guises … strongly recommended' (Gramophone)

'The perfect team of soloists, a glorious sound from both choir and orchestra, a faithful re-creation of the score, and that special something which takes us beyond the notes on the page and creates an atmosphere which best fulfils Duruflé's vision of what a Requiem should be … everything about this performance is lovingly done and enhanced by recorded sound of demonstration class … I can think of few other choral recordings that are as consistently successful and uplifting as this' (BBC Music Magazine)

'A wonderfully sympathetic performance… a heavenly, visionary effect which is amazingly satisfying' (BBC Record Review)

Quatre Motets sur des thèmes grégoriens, Op 1
composer
1960
author of text

Other recordings available for download
Westminster Cathedral Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor)
Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The four motets of 1960 are ideal companion pieces for the Requiem, each being based on the requisite Gregorian chant in the same way as the movements of the larger work. Here Duruflé shows his particular genius for invoking the spiritual element of plainsong in a polyphonic context, achieving a suppleness of rhythm alongside strong characterization of each text. Ubi caritas et amor flows freely and syllabically in a meditative fashion, while Tota pulchra es (for high voices) is lighter and more sprightly, yet soft and feminine. Tu es Petrus is a rousing and optimistic work, the churches’ foundation on the rock of Peter being indicated by the building of the motet on its canonic opening to a strong and sturdy final cadence. Tantum ergo returns us to the meditative, wistful style which characterizes so much of the Requiem; the concluding ‘Amen’ settles as a sigh on this group of motets, crystallizing as they do the essence of Duruflé’s considered, yet inspired musical language.

from notes by Wadham Sutton © 1989


Other albums featuring this work
'Duruflé: Requiem & Messe Cum jubilo' (CDA66757)
Duruflé: Requiem & Messe Cum jubilo
'Remembrance' (CDA67398)
Remembrance
'The Feast of Saint Peter the Apostle at Westminster Abbey' (CDA67770)
The Feast of Saint Peter the Apostle at Westminster Abbey

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