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Cantique de Jean Racine, Op 11

First line:
Verbe égal au Très-Haut
1865; dedicated to César Franck
author of text
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The Cantique de Jean Racine was Fauré’s graduation exercise at the École Niedermeyer. It is remarkable that it was written by a student who was only twenty years old, and it is just as well for the École Niedermeyer’s reputation that the Cantique earned Fauré a ‘premier prix’ (a first-class mark). The listener is immediately greeted by a melody that encapsulates everything that is great about Fauré’s best music. First, the tune is fundamentally vocal and its contours generate a line that continues for longer than seems possible, yet still remaining coherent and with direction. And secondly, the intimate romanticism of the melody creates its own resonant textures. Ultimately this student piece (although it stands well enough on its own) marks the starting point for those choral melodies in the Requiem which last that bit longer than the ear expects them to, yet which never outstay their welcome; particularly those of the Kyrie, Agnus Dei, and In paradisum.

from notes by Jeremy Summerly © 2017


Fauré: Requiem & other choral works
Studio Master: KGS0005Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Fauré: Requiem & other sacred music
Fauré: Requiem & other sacred music
Studio Master: CDA68209Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Fauré: Requiem & other sacred music
CSCD520Download only
Panis angelicus


Track 8 on CDA66292 [6'05]
Track 17 on CDA66669 [5'42]
Track 20 on CDA68209 [5'10]
Track 12 on CSCD520 [6'40] Download only
Track 10 on KGS0005 [5'44] Download only

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